adjective, scat·ti·er, scat·ti·est. British Informal.

Origin of scatty

1910–15; apparently scatt(erbrain) + -y1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scatty

Historical Examples of scatty

  • "Don't let it bother you, Scatty," returned the impudent Sally.

    Janice Day

    Helen Beecher Long

British Dictionary definitions for scatty


adjective -tier or -tiest British informal

empty-headed, frivolous, or thoughtless
distracted (esp in drive someone scatty)
Derived Formsscattily, adverbscattiness, noun

Word Origin for scatty

C20: from scatterbrained
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