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scatt

[skat] /skæt/
noun
1.
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scat5

[skat] /skæt/
noun
1.
(in the Shetland and Orkney Islands) a crown tax, as for use of common lands.
Origin of scat5
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Old Norse skattr tax, treasure
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British Dictionary definitions for scatt

scat1

/skæt/
verb scats, scatting, scatted
1.
(intransitive; usually imperative) (informal) to go away in haste
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from a hiss + the word cat, used to frighten away cats

scat2

/skæt/
noun
1.
a type of jazz singing characterized by improvised vocal sounds instead of words
verb scats, scatting, scatted
2.
(intransitive) to sing jazz in this way
Word Origin
C20: perhaps imitative

scat3

/skæt/
noun
1.
any marine and freshwater percoid fish of the Asian family Scatophagidae, esp Scatophagus argus, which has a beautiful coloration
Word Origin
C20: shortened from Scatophagus; see scato-

scat4

/skæt/
noun
1.
an animal dropping
Word Origin
C20: see scato-
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Word Origin and History for scatt

scat

interj.

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

n.

"nonsense patter sung to jazz," 1926, probably of imitative origin, from one of the syllables used. As a verb, 1935, from the noun. Related: Scatting.

"filth, dung," 1950, from Greek stem skat- "dung" (see scatology).

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Slang definitions & phrases for scatt

scat 1

modifier

: precise ''scat'' singing

noun

Pattering staccato gibberish sung to songs, esp jazz songs: Then I'd carry on some of my scat

verb

: Scatting has almost always been used by jazz singers as an interlude

[1926+ Jazz musicians; origin unknown; probably one of the nonsense syllables used]

scat 2

verb

To drive or otherwise move very fast

[1950s+ Teenagers; fr early 1800s ss cat, a hissing address designed to drive away a cat; the earliest occurrence is in the expression quicker than ss'cat]

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1.
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2.
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3.
supersonic commercial air transport
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