scat·​ty ˈska-tē How to pronounce scatty (audio)
scattier; scattiest
chiefly British, informal : eccentric, odd
As in Watson's fiction generally, the tone fluctuates from the agreeably scatty to the tiresomely manic.Colin Greenland
chiefly British, informal : scatterbrained
She did, however, complete five physics papers and, being scatty, sent them—one after the other—to the wrong email address.Ron Liddle

Examples of scatty in a Sentence

any number of individuals have been fingered as the scatty serial killer known to history as Jack the Ripper
Recent Examples on the Web A lot of her frenetic, scatty energy came from Bronte Carmichael, who was the voice performer for Robin. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 21 Jan. 2024 And Eve’s a bit scatty and all over the place, and Villanelle’s so lush and confident. David Kamp, WSJ, 5 Nov. 2018

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Word History


probably from scatterbrain + -y entry 1

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of scatty was in 1911

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Cite this Entry

“Scatty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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