- 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 scuttled
But his incipient campaign was scuttled, and he soon separated from his fourth wife.Despite Crack and Graft, D.C. Loved ‘Hizzoner’ Marion Barry
November 23, 2014
“This strategy seemed do-able and brilliant,” Salem nonetheless wrote of the scuttled scheme in his self-review.Too Big to Jail: Confessions of a Goldman Sachs Brat
June 26, 2014
The dispute was settled with so many bombs and bullets that both plans were scuttled.A True Tough Guy: The Mafia, Gays, and Michael Sam’s Boyfriend
May 15, 2014
The plan was scuttled two years ago, according to published reports.Gun-Toting Ranchers Defeat Feds
John L. Smith
April 16, 2014
I hoped my translator, who had scuttled off, would raise the alarm.How I Escaped Assad’s Army in Syria
November 25, 2013
Madden seized it, whispered his own name and scuttled in over the gunwale.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
Was said to have been one of the finest men who ever scuttled a ship.Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date
Had he not scuttled a Spanish carack four years ago in the bay of Funchal?The Sea-Hawk
They are the Germans who blew up factories, set fires, scuttled ships.The Crimson Tide
Robert W. Chambers
Wadakimba, viewing all this from afar, had scuttled off to his hut.
- 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 scuttled
"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.