General English

  • verb to throw something in various places

General Science


Information & Library Science

  • verb to distribute things widely and without any order

Media Studies


  • verb to throw or drop objects over a wide area
  • verb to run away or take cover in different directions

Origin & History of “scatter”

Scatter originally meant ‘squander’, and appears to have started life as an alteration of shatter. It first appears in northern and Scottish texts, and so the change from /sh/ to /sk/ is probably due to Norse influence. The origins of shatter (12th c.) itself are not known.