a person incapable of serious, connected thought.
Origin of scatterbrain
Related formsscat·ter·brained, adjective
First recorded in 1780–90; scatter
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Related Words for scatterbrainpsychopath
Examples from the Web for scatterbrain
Historical Examples of scatterbrain
Scatterbrain demanded of Dick another shot on the part of O'Grady.
Here are letters for you—I want to know what's in them—Scatterbrain's come—do you know that?
O'Grady waved his hand in signal to his body-guard, and Scatterbrain had three cheers from the ragamuffins.
Scatterbrain's agent said 't was unfair, and desired the polling-clerk not to record the vote.
British Dictionary definitions for scatterbrain
a person who is incapable of serious thought or concentration
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Word Origin and History for scatterbrain
also scatter-brain, "thoughtless, giddy person, one incapable of serious, connected thought," 1764 (scatter-brained), from scatter (v.) + brain (n.). Related: Scatterbrained. Cf. scatter-good "spendthrift."
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