Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who has no fixed residence; a vagabond.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who has no fixed habitation or residence; a vagabond.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A vagabond; one who has no fixed abode.

Etymologies

scatter +‎ -ling (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The four who lived there -- "Bat and Zilpic, Maunder and Insie, of the Gill" -- had nothing to do with, and little to say to, any of the scatterling folk about them, across the blue distance of the moor.

    Mary Anerley : a Yorkshire Tale

  • But for the rest, I was sometime a king, and am now a scatterling. '

    Ixion In Heaven

  • He trembled at the thought of Arthur meeting this strange, wild, exasperated scatterling -- perhaps on the morrow -- in the very height of his passions.

    Night and Morning, Complete

  • I had not to trudge these dusty roads on foot with a broken-down good-for-nothing scatterling; I trod rich carpets, and slept under silken curtains.

    What Will He Do with It? — Complete

  • I had not to trudge these dusty roads on foot with a broken-down good-for - nothing scatterling; I trod rich carpets, and slept under silken curtains.

    What Will He Do with It? — Volume 03

  • I found it grovelling along the ground, tangled and wild, and twining round every worthless weed, and it struck me as an emblem of myself: a mere scatterling, running to waste and uselessness.

    Tales of a Traveller

  • Maunder and Insie, of the Gill” — had nothing to do with, and little to say to, any of the scatterling folk about them, across the blue distance of the moor.

    Mary Anerley

  • Knowest thou not, scatterling! that the penalty is death? "

    The Pilgrims of the Rhine

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  • Obsolete Yorkshire dialect for "a heedless person".

    November 21, 2010