scuttlebutt


scut·tle·butt

noun \ˈskə-təl-ˌbət\

: talk or stories about someone that may not be true

Full Definition of SCUTTLEBUTT

1
a :  a cask on shipboard to contain freshwater for a day's use
b :  a drinking fountain on a ship or at a naval or marine installation
2
:  rumor, gossip

Examples of SCUTTLEBUTT

  1. <according to scuttlebutt in the financial markets, the company will be downsizing soon>

Origin of SCUTTLEBUTT

alteration of scuttled butt butt with a hole cut into it
First Known Use: circa 1805

Other Nautical Terms

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

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