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Scat   /skæt/   Listen

Singing jazz; the singer substitutes nonsense syllables for the words of the song and tries to sound like a musical instrument.  Synonym: scat singing.

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"Scat" Quotes from Famous Books

... he said, "It is wonderful that I did not think of this before. And now I make a solemn vow and take God to witness, who made me and rules over all things, that never shall I clip or comb my hair until I have subdued the whole of Norway with scat [land taxes], and ...
— Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12) • Various

... to be inspecting," sternly ordered Simeon, "go on, now, young gents, out of here! This is no place for you: the police will come, will summon you as witnesses—then it's scat! to the devil's dam! for you out of the military high school! Better go while you're good ...
— Yama (The Pit) • Alexandra Kuprin

... Dad in a low, measured tone. "Bet the last button on your britches, he was that an' more. He was a youngish feller, an' quick as scat. Knowed more 'bout machinery 'n all the other fellers I ever knowed. Seems to me he growed up in Kankakee, or suthin' like that, an' he ...
— Buffalo Roost • F. H. Cheley

... so sleepy I didn't care, and I told him so. 'All right,' he says, 'but I thought I might shake out one of them tops.' Then I heard him blow at something outside. 'Scat, you ——!' Then: 'This cat's going to set me crazy, Mr. McCord,' he says, 'following me around everywhere.' He gave a kick, and I saw something yellow floating across the moonlight. It never made ...
— Masterpieces of Mystery, Vol. 1 (of 4) - Ghost Stories • Various

... trod the floors with the same feelings of awe and respect as we did, together, those of Shakespeare's dwelling at Stratford. I sat down in a chair of the saloon, and satisfied myself that I was resting on what he had made his constant scat. I found a servant there who had lived with him; she, however, gave me but little information. She pointed out his bed-chamber upon the same level as the saloon and dining-room, and informed me that ...
— The Vampyre; A Tale • John William Polidori

... "Scat! Go home!" ordered the lady, advancing toward the cow and shaking the book at her, as if the volume was some sort of deadly weapon. "Aren't you ashamed of yourself! Go away! You needn't growl at me! I'm not a bit afraid ...
— Cy Whittaker's Place • Joseph C. Lincoln

... war'), 'fret' (in the sense 'eat'). Finally, there are forms which are literally translated from Old English: 'the sight seen once only' from ans[-y]n, face, 251; 'spearman' from garsecg, ocean (see extract), 'gift-scat' from gif-sceatt, gift of money, 378; 'the Maker's own making' from metod-sceaft, doom, 1180. Romance words are excluded whenever possible. Aglossary of 'some words not commonly used now' is included in the book, but none ...
— The Translations of Beowulf - A Critical Biography • Chauncey Brewster Tinker

... hawse you wuz so derned scat ye shivered clean down ter yer toes. Ef ther red skunks hed made a run fer ye, ye'd drapped right down ...
— Frank Merriwell's Bravery • Burt L. Standish

... I. "You don't want to queer the whole program at the start. I'd be lost in a place like that—me in a sack suit and round-top dicer! Why, the head waiter'd say 'Scat!' and I'd make a dive ...
— Shorty McCabe • Sewell Ford

... "This which faceth thee is my coynte whereof thou art owner;" after which she raised her backside and bowing her head groundwards showed the nether end of her slit between the two swelling cheeks of her sit-upon, her scat of honour, crying, "Look thou! this be the Coynte of my mother; but, O my lord, 'tis my wish that we wed it unto some good man and pleasant who is faithful and true and not likely treason to do, for that the Coynte of my mother must abide by me ...
— Supplemental Nights, Volume 5 • Richard F. Burton

... order that we may, according to our duty as kings at arms, versed in the laws of literary precedence, marshal her to the exact scat to which she is entitled, we must carry our ...
— Critical and Historical Essays Volume 2 • Thomas Babington Macaulay

... hand, though I had run the ring into the hoop on the wall. We had been very clever so far, and I was full of admiration for ourselves. But a bullet whizzing very near my head, struck the basket with a vicious "scat," doing no harm, of course, but extending to us an urgent invitation to get out of range, that was not ...
— The Dew of Their Youth • S. R. Crockett

Words linked to "Scat" :   jazz, leave, go away, break away, skedaddle, flee, take flight, vocalizing, singing, go forth, fly

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