scat

1
[ skat ]
/ skæt /

verb (used without object), scat·ted, scat·ting. Informal.

to go off hastily (often used in the imperative).

Origin of scat

1
An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; of uncertain origin

Definition for scatting (2 of 2)

scat

2
[ skat ]
/ skæt /
Jazz.

verb (used without object), scat·ted, scat·ting.

to sing by making full or partial use of the technique of scat singing.

noun

Origin of scat

2
First recorded in 1925–30; of uncertain origin
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British Dictionary definitions for scatting (1 of 4)

scat

1
/ (skæt) /

verb scats, scatting or scatted

(intr; usually imperative) informal to go away in haste

Word Origin for scat

C19: perhaps from a hiss + the word cat, used to frighten away cats

British Dictionary definitions for scatting (2 of 4)

scat

2
/ (skæt) /

noun

a type of jazz singing characterized by improvised vocal sounds instead of words

verb scats, scatting or scatted

(intr) to sing jazz in this way

Word Origin for scat

C20: perhaps imitative

British Dictionary definitions for scatting (3 of 4)

scat

3
/ (skæt) /

noun

any marine and freshwater percoid fish of the Asian family Scatophagidae, esp Scatophagus argus, which has a beautiful coloration

Word Origin for scat

C20: shortened from Scatophagus; see scato-

British Dictionary definitions for scatting (4 of 4)

scat

4
/ (skæt) /

noun

an animal dropping

Word Origin for scat

C20: see scato-
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