scat

1 [skat]
verb (used without object), scatted, scatting. Informal.
to go off hastily (often used in the imperative).

Origin:
1865–70, Americanism; of uncertain origin

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scat

2 [skat] Jazz.
verb (used without object), scatted, scatting.
1.
to sing by making full or partial use of the technique of scat singing.
noun

Origin:
1925–30; of uncertain origin

scat

3 [skat]
noun
the excrement of an animal.

Origin:
1925–30; origin uncertain; compare British dial. (SW) scat to scatter, fling down, bespatter; Greek skat- (stem of skôr dung; see scato-) is unlikely source, given popular character of the word and unmotivated derivation pattern

scat

4 [skat]
noun Slang.

Origin:
1945–50; of uncertain origin; compare earlier scat (slang) whiskey

scat

5 [skat]
noun
(in the Shetland and Orkney Islands) a crown tax, as for use of common lands.
Also, scatt.


Origin:
1300–50; Middle English < Old Norse skattr tax, treasure

scat-

variant of scato- before a vowel.
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scat1 (skæt)
 
vb , scats, scatting, scatted
informal (intr; usually imperative) to go away in haste
 
[C19: perhaps from a hiss + the word cat, used to frighten away cats]

scat2 (skæt)
 
n
1.  a type of jazz singing characterized by improvised vocal sounds instead of words
 
vb , scats, scatting, scatted
2.  (intr) to sing jazz in this way
 
[C20: perhaps imitative]

scat3 (skæt)
 
n
any marine and freshwater percoid fish of the Asian family Scatophagidae, esp Scatophagus argus, which has a beautiful coloration
 
[C20: shortened from Scatophagus; see scato-]

scat4 (skæt)
 
n
an animal dropping
 
[C20: see scato-]

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Word Origin & History

scat
"go away!" 1838, from expression quicker than s'cat "in a great hurry," probably representing a hiss followed by the word cat.

scat
"nonsense patter sung to jazz," 1926, probably of imitative origin, from one of the syllables used.

scat
"filth, dung," 1950, from Gk. stem skat- "dung" (see scatology).
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
SCAT
  1. School and College Ability Test

  2. special crimes action team

  3. supersonic commercial air transport

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scat

in biology, any of four species of fishes constituting the family Scatophagidae (order Perciformes). The few species are placed into two genera, Selenotoca and Scatophagus. They are found in marine waters or estuaries of the Indo-Pacific region from the western coast of India to New Guinea and northern Australia and also along the coast of Africa. Occasionally they may enter various freshwater habitats. Scats are known as scavengers, eating decaying plant and animal remains and fecal matter

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Example sentences
They are hunting not for rare right whales, but for the whale scat.
After all, there has to be a population of animals which would be leaving
  tracks, scat and occasionally bodies.
They're also supposed to collect scat samples containing broken seed remnants,
  to see how well she digests it.
Two guides escort up to eight participants-including beginners-into grizzly
  territory, searching for scat and tracks.
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