2 [skuht-l]

1400–50; late Middle English scottlynge (gerund), variant of scuddle, frequentative of scud1

1. hasten, hurry, scamper, scramble. Unabridged


3 [skuht-l]
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.
verb (used with object), scuttled, scuttling.
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.).

1490–1500; perhaps ≪ Spanish escotilla hatchway, equivalent to escot(e) a cutting of cloth (< Gothic skaut seam; akin to sheet1) + -illa diminutive suffix Unabridged
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scuttle1 (ˈskʌtəl)
1.  See coal scuttle
2.  dialect chiefly (Brit) a shallow basket, esp for carrying vegetables
3.  the part of a motor-car body lying immediately behind the bonnet
[Old English scutel trencher, from Latin scutella bowl, diminutive of scutra platter; related to Old Norse skutill, Old High German scuzzila, perhaps to Latin scūtum shield]

scuttle2 (ˈskʌtəl)
1.  (intr) to run or move about with short hasty steps
2.  a hurried pace or run
[C15: perhaps from scud, influenced by shuttle]

scuttle3 (ˈskʌtəl)
1.  (tr) nautical to cause (a vessel) to sink by opening the seacocks or making holes in the bottom
2.  (tr) to give up (hopes, plans, etc)
3.  nautical a small hatch or its cover
[C15 (n): via Old French from Spanish escotilla a small opening, from escote opening in a piece of cloth, from escotar to cut out]

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Word Origin & History

"bucket," O.E. scutel "dish, platter," from L. scutella "serving platter," dim. of scutra "flat tray, dish," perhaps related to scutum "shield" (see hide (n.1)). A common Gmc. borrowing from Latin (cf. O.N. skutill, M.Du. schotel, O.H.G. scuzzila, Ger. Schüssel). 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 (q.v.).

"cut a hole in a ship to sink it," 1642, from skottell (n.) "opening in a ship's deck" (1497), from M.Fr. escoutille (Mod.Fr. écoutille), from Sp. escotilla "hatchway," dim. of escota "opening in a garment," from escotar "cut out," perhaps from e- "out" + Gmc. *skaut-. Fig. use is recorded from
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Example sentences
Low appraisals are scuttling some deals after contracts have been signed and
  some would-buyers can't sell their old homes.
Low appraisals are scuttling some deals after contracts have been signed.
Scuttling means to cut or open a hole in a ship's hull to sink the ship.
By scuttling down the stem of a cattail or other water plant, the spider can
  even escape or hunt below the surface.
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