American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Chiefly British Scatterbrained; flighty: "the scatty, glancing quality of a hyperactive but unfocused intelligence” ( London Review of Books).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- adj. lacking sense or discretion
- adj. lost in thought; showing preoccupation
- Probably scatt(erbrain) + -y1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Instead of an evil stepmother, as the Grimms have it, the children have a loving but scatty mother and a caring but drunken father.”
“I find the millennial beat of the water, which has flowed here for thousands of years, a good antidote to the scatty world I live in," he says.”
“They are excellent, and so am I when I am not lazy, dumb, prejudiced, boring, offensive, and scatty.”
“Janet turned up fashionably late and scatty as usual, almost leaving one of her troupe of children in the back of the cab.”
“A passing insistence on detail – every meal is described, and even the trials of travelling Ryanair get a mention – helps chain a sometimes scatty book to earth.”
“She's impulsive and emotional, scatty, hello darling, mwah mwah, and dressed all wrong.”
“This scatty mish-mash of a summer, in which at its height England will have gone almost three months without a Test match, has lost its shape.”
“Young said she had looked back on her somewhat scatty notes from the judging process and words such as "extraordinary, special, striking, moving".”
“Anyone who has seen Joan Rivers in action will recognise the characters as no-nonsense Beverly (Chaffin) and scatty Ronna (Denbo) wrest control of our love lives.”
“Everyone in the building knew whose car that was and now someone who lived near me knew that I was “scatty.””
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