Definition of scatty in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskati/

adjective (scattier, scattiest)

British informal
Absent-minded and disorganized: Julia sees herself as vaguely uneducated and slightly scatty
More example sentences
  • As scatty or daft as I may come across here at times, work is hugely important to me, a very close second to Willow to be quite honest.
  • A scatty young woman decides to bring her family together by cooking Thanksgiving dinner in her tiny New York apartment.
  • His scatty style might seem to some carefully contrived, but through the chinks of his eccentricity something else comes through: genuine sweetness and innocence.



Example sentences
  • It has an improvisatory feel rarely found in western, sit-up-straight restaurants, a scattily panicked vitality as bracing as its rough peasant dishes.
  • The teacher taking detention was scattily looking through his own teaching folders for the list of students that should have been in attendance that afternoon.
  • Though the book lacks varnish - it's more scattily anecdotal than coherent - it's full of intimate glimpses of the sort that no biographer can reproduce.


Pronunciation: /ˈskatɪnəs/
Example sentences
  • There is a certain scattiness, as well as scruple, in the authors' methods.
  • The enlightening thing about Gidden's tract is its scattiness, historical amnesia and implicit authoritarianism.
  • She seems very similar to me in character so it amuses me to see bits of me in her like my scattiness.


Early 20th century: abbreviation of scatterbrained.

Words that rhyme with scatty

batty, bratty, catty, chatty, Cincinnati, Dolcelatte, fatty, flattie, Hattie, natty, patty, ratty, Satie, Scarlatti, Tati, tattie, tatty

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