- 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 scuttling
These faceless and thankfully fangless insects might at first give the comic impression of scuttling in search of food.Saatchi Resurrects Ancient Pangaea with Show Featuring South American and African Artists
April 4, 2014
Cooper took it all in stride, scuttling off-stage and layering back up with coat and gloves.Screaming and Freezing in Times Square
January 1, 2010
La Toya quietly cut a deal for her own Barbara Walters interview, scuttling a plan for a family-wide ABC special.Jackson Family Civil War
September 13, 2009
It was the scuttling of the feet of the townspeople as they ran to meet the procession.The Manxman
And through it all the scuttling of rushing hoofs and champing bits.The Twins of Suffering Creek
For scuttling a ship is surely as ancient a practice as mutiny on the high seas.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
The sampans made her think of ants, darting, scuttling, wheeling.The Pagan Madonna
He went to the sled, untethered the dogs, and sent them scuttling up the ravine.Colorado Jim
- 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 scuttling
"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.