- a deep bucket for carrying coal.
- British Dialect. a broad, shallow basket.
Origin of scuttle1
- to run with quick, hasty steps; scurry.
- a quick pace.
- a short, hurried run.
Origin of scuttle2
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- a small hatch or port in the deck, side, or bottom of a vessel.
- a cover for this.
- a small hatchlike opening in a roof or ceiling.
- to sink (a vessel) deliberately by opening seacocks or making openings in the bottom.
- to abandon, withdraw from, or cause to be abandoned or destroyed (as plans, hopes, rumors, etc.).
Origin of scuttle3
Examples from the Web for scuttle
By one count, 20 industry lobbyists were in the halls trying to scuttle SB 962 as it came to a vote nine days later.Murdered for Her iPhone
May 8, 2014
An ostentatious display of Japanese military might could scuttle those negotiations.Japan Prepares to Shoot North Korean Missiles Out of the Sky
Angela Erika Kubo, Jake Adelstein
April 10, 2014
Any disagreement we had with them was criticized as an attempt to scuttle the building of the memorial.The Eisenhower Family Objects to the Eisenhower Monument
March 21, 2013
Marco Rubio, on the other hand, led the GOP effort to scuttle the thing on abortion-related grounds.Your "Changing" Republican Party
December 4, 2012
Others said it would take something shocking to scuttle the meeting.Iran's Offer to Talk About Its Nuclear Program Eases Tension For Now
February 18, 2012
Together they proceeded to the roof by a stairway that led to a scuttle.Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout
You are at liberty to embark in them with your men before we scuttle this ship.Captain Blood
Her sails were furled; the slide of her scuttle hatch was closed and padlocked.Chance
Stapylton, scuttle the ship, if you like, but first let me land the cargo.Barrington
Charles James Lever
I had a notion, from the beginning, they wouldn't be allowed to scuttle.
- See coal scuttle
- dialect, mainly British a shallow basket, esp for carrying vegetables
- the part of a motor-car body lying immediately behind the bonnet
- (intr) to run or move about with short hasty steps
- a hurried pace or run
- (tr) nautical to cause (a vessel) to sink by opening the seacocks or making holes in the bottom
- (tr) to give up (hopes, plans, etc)
- nautical a small hatch or its cover
Word Origin and History for scuttle
"bucket," late Old English scutel "dish, platter," from Latin scutella "serving platter" (source also of French écuelle, Spanish escudilla, Italian scudella "a plate, bowl"), diminutive of scutra "flat tray, dish," perhaps related to scutum "shield" (see hide (n.1)).
A common Germanic borrowing from Latin (cf. Old Norse skutill, Middle Dutch schotel, Old High German scuzzila, German Schüssel "a dish"). Meaning "basket for sifting grain" is attested from mid-14c.; sense of "bucket for holding coal" first recorded 1849.
"scamper, scurry," mid-15c., probably related to scud (v.). Related: Scuttled; scuttling.
I should have been a pair of ragged claws
Scuttling across the floors of silent seas.
[T.S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"]
"cut a hole in a ship to sink it," 1640s, from skottell (n.) "opening in a ship's deck" (late 15c.), from Middle French escoutille (Modern French écoutille) or directly from Spanish escotilla "hatchway," diminutive of escota "opening in a garment," from escotar "cut out," perhaps from e- "out" (see ex-) + Germanic *skaut-. Figurative use is recorded from 1888. Related: Scuttled; scuttling.