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[skat-er-breyn] /ˈskæt ərˌbreɪn/
a person incapable of serious, connected thought.
Origin of scatterbrain
1780-90; scatter + brain
Related forms
scatterbrained, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Here are letters for you—I want to know what's in them—scatterbrain's come—do you know that?

    Handy Andy, Volume One Samuel Lover
  • scatterbrain demanded of Dick another shot on the part of O'Grady.

    Handy Andy, Volume One Samuel Lover
  • O'Grady waved his hand in signal to his body-guard, and scatterbrain had three cheers from the ragamuffins.

    Handy Andy, Volume One Samuel Lover
  • scatterbrain's agent said 't was unfair, and desired the polling-clerk not to record the vote.

    Handy Andy, Volume One Samuel Lover
British Dictionary definitions for scatterbrain


a person who is incapable of serious thought or concentration
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for scatterbrain

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for scatterbrain



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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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