Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Definitions for scuttlebutt
- Informal. rumor or gossip.
- Nautical. a. an open cask of drinking water. b. a drinking fountain for use by the crew of a vessel.
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Citations for scuttlebutt
At the Bizerte Naval Base, we got the first scuttlebutt about the coming invasion of continental Italy. "Scuttlebutt," that's Navy slang for gossip.
I hear scuttlebutt he's muscling in on the deal. Well, let me warn you. He's a real estate man.
Origin of scuttlebutt
Scuttlebutt entered English in the late 1700s from the word scuttle, referring to a hatch in the deck of a ship, and butt in the sense of a cask or barrel. The informal sense arose in the early 1900s.