scat


scat

verb (used without object), scat·ted, scat·ting. Informal.

  1. to go off hastily (often used in the imperative).

verb (used without object), scat·ted, scat·ting.

  1. to sing by making full or partial use of the technique of scat singing.

noun

  1. scat singing.

noun

  1. the excrement of an animal.

noun Slang.

  1. heroin.

noun

  1. (in the Shetland and Orkney Islands) a crown tax, as for use of common lands.

  1. variant of scato- before a vowel.

verb scats, scatting or scatted

  1. (intr; usually imperative) informal to go away in haste

noun

  1. a type of jazz singing characterized by improvised vocal sounds instead of words

verb scats, scatting or scatted

  1. (intr) to sing jazz in this way

noun

  1. any marine and freshwater percoid fish of the Asian family Scatophagidae, esp Scatophagus argus, which has a beautiful coloration

noun

  1. an animal dropping

interj.“go away!” 1838, from expression quicker than s’cat “in a great hurry,” probably representing a hiss followed by the word cat. n.1“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. n.2“filth, dung,” 1950, from Greek stem skat- “dung” (see scatology).

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