- a keg of drinking water with a hole cut in it, on board ship;
- gossip, rumour, idle chatter;
- a drinking fountain for use by the crew of a vessel;
- talk or stories about someone that may not be true;
use : nautical; informal.
origin : scuttle + butt ; In sense of gossip, because sailors would gather around the scuttlebutt to drink and exchange gossip; compare water cooler and furphy.
- There’s been some scuttlebutt that the Enterprise is going to be involved in something pretty big, but that’s all it is.
- According to scuttlebutt in the financial markets, the company will be downsizing soon.
- This is fodder for schoolyard scuttlebutt, a ‘guaranteed to be repeated until you’re sick of it’ situation that will definitely work your last nerve.
- What was the scuttlebutt as to his court-martial; was that because he had the unregistered or private weapon?
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