scuttlebutt

[ skuht-l-buht ]
/ ˈskʌt lˌbʌt /

noun

Nautical.
  1. an open cask of drinking water.
  2. a drinking fountain for use by the crew of a vessel.
Informal. rumor or gossip.

Origin of scuttlebutt

1795–1805; 1900–05 for def 2; scuttle3 + butt4
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scuttlebutt

/ (ˈskʌtəlˌbʌt) /

noun nautical

a drinking fountain
(formerly) a cask of drinking water aboard a ship
mainly US slang rumour or gossip

Word Origin for scuttlebutt

C19: from scuttle ³ + butt 4
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