an open cask of drinking water.
a drinking fountain for use by the crew of a vessel.
Informal. rumor or gossip.
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How to use scuttlebutt in a sentence
He’s been fairly quiet about his terrible decision, although some recent scuttlebutt has suggested that he might be willing to get a plant-based vaccine that is currently in development.
We are not encouraged to go into the office, and current scuttlebutt is that we will never go back — or, at most, it would be two days a week.My company is cutting commuter benefits because of covid. Can I get them back? | Karla Miller | March 25, 2021 | Washington Post
That brought a response from John Rutledge, who ran a Florida-based newsletter, The scuttlebutt.Pearl Harbor’s Anniversary Sparks Memories of a Long-Ago Dance Contest | Michael Daly | December 7, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Rutledge ran a story in The scuttlebutt, and Patsy got a phone call from man saying he was her sailor.Pearl Harbor’s Anniversary Sparks Memories of a Long-Ago Dance Contest | Michael Daly | December 7, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
But amid all the celebrity scuttlebutt the paper never quite lost a flair for serious investigative journalism.
"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
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
I got that from the scuttlebutt, one of the guys who knew him from overseas.
Was there any scuttlebutt or rumor that he shot himself to get out of the service?
But any matter, it was pure scuttlebutt; it was pure speculation?
British Dictionary definitions for scuttlebutt
a drinking fountain
(formerly) a cask of drinking water aboard a ship
mainly US slang rumour or gossip
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