Dictionary

1scuttle

noun scut·tle \ˈskə-təl\

Definition of SCUTTLE

1
:  a shallow open basket for carrying something (as grain or garden produce)
2
:  a metal pail that usually has a bail and a sloped lip and is used especially for carrying coal

Origin of SCUTTLE

Middle English scutel, from Latin scutella drinking bowl, tray, diminutive of scutra platter
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with SCUTTLE

2scuttle

noun

Definition of SCUTTLE

1
:  a small opening in a wall or roof furnished with a lid: as
a :  a small opening or hatchway in the deck of a ship large enough to admit a person and with a lid for covering it
b :  a small hole in the side or bottom of a ship fitted with a covering or glazed
2
:  a covering that closes a scuttle

Origin of SCUTTLE

Middle English skottell lid of a scuttle
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Nautical Terms

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, keel, lee, port, starboard, stay

Rhymes with SCUTTLE

3scuttle

transitive verb
scut·tledscut·tling \ˈskət-liŋ, ˈskə-təl-iŋ\

Definition of SCUTTLE

1
:  to cut a hole through the bottom, deck, or side of (a ship); specifically :  to sink or attempt to sink by making holes through the bottom
2
:  destroy, wreck; also :  scrap 2

First Known Use of SCUTTLE

1642

Other Nautical Terms

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, keel, lee, port, starboard, stay

4scuttle

noun

Definition of SCUTTLE

1
:  a quick shuffling pace
2
:  a short swift run

Origin of SCUTTLE

perhaps blend of scud and shuttle
First Known Use: 1623

5scuttle

intransitive verb
scut·tledscut·tling \ˈskət-liŋ, ˈskə-təl-iŋ\

Definition of SCUTTLE

:  scurry

First Known Use of SCUTTLE

1657
SCUTTLE Defined for Kids

1scuttle

verb scut·tle \ˈskə-təl\
scut·tledscut·tling

Definition of SCUTTLE for Kids

:  to run rapidly from view <A large gray rat scuttled around the corner of the house … — Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time>

2scuttle

noun

Definition of SCUTTLE for Kids

:  a pail or bucket for carrying coal

3scuttle

noun

Definition of SCUTTLE for Kids

:  a small opening with a lid or cover (as in the deck of a ship)

4scuttle

verb
scut·tledscut·tling

Definition of SCUTTLE for Kids

:  to sink (a ship) by cutting holes through the bottom or sides

Browse

5 ENTRIES FOUND:
Next Word in the Dictionary: scuttlebuttPrevious Word in the Dictionary: scutterAll Words Near: scuttle
July 05, 2015
bunkum Hear it
insincere or foolish talk
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears