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intr.v. scat·ted, scat·ting, scats Informal
To go away hastily; leave at once.
Jazz singing in which improvised, meaningless syllables are sung to a melody.
intr.v. scat·ted, scat·ting, scats
To sing scat.
Excrement, especially of an animal; dung.
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vb, scats, scatting or scatted
(intr; usually imperative) informal to go away in haste
[C19: perhaps from a hiss + the word cat, used to frighten away cats]
(Jazz) a type of jazz singing characterized by improvised vocal sounds instead of words
vb, scats, scatting or scatted
(Jazz) (intr) to sing jazz in this way
[C20: perhaps imitative]
(Animals) any marine and freshwater percoid fish of the Asian family Scatophagidae, esp Scatophagus argus, which has a beautiful coloration
[C20: shortened from Scatophagus; see scato-]
(Zoology) an animal dropping
[C20: see scato-]
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v.i. scat•ted, scat•ting.
to move or go off hastily.
[1865–70, Amer.; of uncertain orig.]
v. scat•ted, scat•ting,
1. to sing scat.n.
2. jazz singing using improvised nonsense syllables to imitate the phrasing or effect of a band instrument.
[1925–30; of uncertain orig.]
the excrement of an animal.
[1925–30; orig. uncertain]
[1945–50; of uncertain orig.]
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scat- Slang for whiskey.
See also related terms for whiskey.
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Past participle: scatted
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|Noun||1.||scat - singing jazz; the singer substitutes nonsense syllables for the words of the song and tries to sound like a musical instrument|
jazz - a genre of popular music that originated in New Orleans around 1900 and developed through increasingly complex styles
|Verb||1.||scat - flee; take to one's heels; cut and run; "If you see this man, run!"; "The burglars escaped before the police showed up"|
fly the coop, head for the hills, hightail it, lam, run away, scarper, take to the woods, turn tail, run, bunk, break away, escape
go forth, leave, go away - go away from a place; "At what time does your train leave?"; "She didn't leave until midnight"; "The ship leaves at midnight"
skedaddle - run away, as if in a panic
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interj (inf) → verschwinde!, verschwindet!
n → Scat m, rhythmisches Singen von Silben anstelle von Worten
vi → Scat singen
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