scatterbrain

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noun scat·ter·brain \ˈska-tər-ˌbrān\

Definition of scatterbrain

informal

  1. :  a person who is forgetful, disorganized, or unable to concentrate or think clearly The English, who had raised eccentricity and poor organization to a high art, and placed the scatterbrain on a pedestal, loathed such Middle European things as rules, conventions, and dictatorships. — Simon Winchester

Examples of scatterbrain in a Sentence

  1. Where did I put my keys? I'm such a scatterbrain today.

  2. don't be such a scatterbrain—it's only a wedding, not the invasion of Normandy

First Known Use of scatterbrain

1659


SCATTERBRAIN Defined for English Language Learners

scatterbrain

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Definition of scatterbrain for English Language Learners

  • : a person who is unable to concentrate or think clearly


SCATTERBRAIN Defined for Kids

scatterbrain

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noun scat·ter·brain \ˈska-tər-ˌbrān\

Definition of scatterbrain for Students

  1. :  a person who is unable to concentrate or think clearly

scatterbrained

\-ˌbrānd\ adjective


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