- an open cask of drinking water.
- a drinking fountain for use by the crew of a vessel.
Examples from the Web for scuttlebutt
That brought a response from John Rutledge, who ran a Florida-based newsletter, The Scuttlebutt.
Rutledge ran a story in The Scuttlebutt, and Patsy got a phone call from man saying he was her sailor.
"Just understand that I don't give a hoot in a scuttlebutt if you do turn me over to the police," pursued the man.Blow The Man Down|Holman Day
What was the scuttlebutt about that particular incident, if any?
I was about to lead him aft, but his eye caught sight of a scuttlebutt, and the tin-pot on its head.Afloat And Ashore|James Fenimore Cooper
Every now and again one or another of them, choked with the dust, went to get a draft of lukewarm water from the scuttlebutt.A Master of Fortune|Cutcliffe Hyne
Was there any scuttlebutt or rumor that he shot himself to get out of the service?