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scatterbrain

[skat-er-breyn] /ˈskæt ərˌbreɪn/
noun
1.
a person incapable of serious, connected thought.
Also, scatterbrains.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; scatter + brain
Related forms
scatterbrained, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for scatterbrain

scatterbrain

/ˈskætəˌbreɪn/
noun
1.
a person who is incapable of serious thought or concentration
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Word Origin and History for scatterbrain
n.

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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Slang definitions & phrases for scatterbrain

scatterbrain

noun

A silly or stupid person, esp one who cannot attend properly to a subject or get simple things done; ditz, rattlebrain: He's such a scatterbrain I don't look for a plausible theory from him (1790+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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