scatterbrain

or scat·ter·brains

[ skat-er-breyn ]
/ ˈskæt ərˌbreɪn /

noun

a person incapable of serious, connected thought.

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Origin of scatterbrain

First recorded in 1780–90; scatter + brain

OTHER WORDS FROM scatterbrain

scat·ter·brained, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for scatterbrain

  • Scatterbrain's agent said 't was unfair, and desired the polling-clerk not to record the vote.

  • Scatterbrain demanded of Dick another shot on the part of O'Grady.

  • O'Grady waved his hand in signal to his body-guard, and Scatterbrain had three cheers from the ragamuffins.

  • Here are letters for you—I want to know what's in them—Scatterbrain's come—do you know that?

British Dictionary definitions for scatterbrain

scatterbrain
/ (ˈskætəˌbreɪn) /

noun

a person who is incapable of serious thought or concentration
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