from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A giddy or thoughtless person; one incapable of concentration or attention.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A thoughtless, giddy person; one incapable of serious, connected thought.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a flighty and disorganized person


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  • There were only the three of them left, herself and the youngest two of her children — a daughter, grown into a thirty-four-year-old spinster who preferred the vegetarian meals cooked by her mother, and a twenty-eight-year-old scatter-brain who preferred the company of the Hill people to ordinary Bengali boys his own age.

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  • "Dear Mr. Powell, what a scatter-brain you must think me ..."

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  • “Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night to laugh at myself,” she wrote Emma, “because it seems ludicrous for me to lecture on Philosophy, I who am a veritable scatter-brain.”

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  • Unfortunately never deemed as good as This is Spinal Tap (a trend I wont buck), but featuring a veritable whose who of comedy actors in its cast, The Rutles combines the scatter-brain comedy of Monty Python (Eric Idle is particularly good) and the rockstar appeal of Saturday Night Live.

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  • The scatter-brain qualities of the normal teenager arise, in part, because neural circuits that control our ability to focus mentally on more than one thing at a time don't finish developing until late adolescence, researchers at the University of Minnesota reported recently in the journal Child Development.

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  • Yes, and the scatter-brain who can ` t ever get anything done and she ` s always saying, "Bail me out."

    CNN Transcript May 3, 2006

  • I can be a terrible scatter-brain, but on the same page, he needs to be a little more patient and not so condemning when mistakes happen.

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  • At this point Mme. Swann joined in the conversation, asking me whether Gilberte had remembered to give me what Bergotte had written about Phèdre, and adding, “My daughter is such a scatter-brain!”

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  • Okay, scatter-brain, get to it, what did you do last night?

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  • She knew she was a scatter-brain and she didn't in the least want to be head of the form.

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