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scuttlebutt

[skuht-l-buht] /ˈskʌt lˌbʌt/
noun
1.
Nautical.
  1. an open cask of drinking water.
  2. a drinking fountain for use by the crew of a vessel.
2.
Informal. rumor or gossip.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; 1900-05 for def 2; scuttle3 + butt4
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British Dictionary definitions for scuttle-butt

scuttlebutt

/ˈskʌtəlˌbʌt/
noun (nautical)
1.
a drinking fountain
2.
(formerly) a cask of drinking water aboard a ship
3.
(mainly US, slang) rumour or gossip
Word Origin
C19: from scuttle³ + butt4
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Word Origin and History for scuttle-butt
scuttlebutt
1805, "water cask kept on a ship's deck," from scuttle "opening in a ship's deck" (see scuttle (v.2)) + butt "barrel." Earlier scuttle cask (1777). Meaning "rumor, gossip" first recorded 1901, originally nautical slang, traditionally said to be from sailors' custom of gathering around the scuttlebutt to gossip.
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Slang definitions & phrases for scuttle-butt

scuttlebutt

noun

Rumors; gossip; presumed confidential information: worry about a slump, according to business scuttlebutt

[1901+ Navy; fr the chitchat around the scuttlebutt, ''drinking fountain, water cask,'' on naval vessels]


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