from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Chiefly British Scatterbrained; flighty: "the scatty, glancing quality of a hyperactive but unfocused intelligence” ( London Review of Books).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Scatterbrained; flighty.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Showery.

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

  • adj. lacking sense or discretion
  • adj. lost in thought; showing preoccupation


Probably scatt(erbrain) + -y1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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