\ ˈskat How to pronounce scat (audio) \
scatted; scatting

Definition of scat

 (Entry 1 of 5)

intransitive verb

1 : to go away quickly
2 : to move fast : scoot

Definition of scat (Entry 2 of 5)

: an animal fecal dropping

Definition of scat (Entry 3 of 5)

: jazz singing with nonsense syllables
scatted; scatting

Definition of scat (Entry 4 of 5)

intransitive verb

: to improvise nonsense syllables usually to an instrumental accompaniment : sing scat

Definition of SCAT (Entry 5 of 5)

1 School and College Ability Test
2 supersonic commercial air transport

First Known Use of scat

Verb (1)

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (1)

1927, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1929, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1935, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scat

Verb (1)

scat, interjection used to drive away a cat

Noun (1)

perhaps from Greek skat-, skōr excrement — more at scatology

Noun (2)

origin unknown

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“Scat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scat. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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scat

verb
\ ˈskat How to pronounce scat (audio) \
scatted; scatting

Kids Definition of scat

: to go away quickly
Hint: Scat is often used as a command to frighten away an animal. Scat! Go away, cat.

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