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scuttlebutt

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noun scut·tle·butt \ˈskə-təl-ˌbət\

Simple Definition of scuttlebutt

  • : talk or stories about someone that may not be true

Full Definition of scuttlebutt

  1. 1a :  a cask on shipboard to contain freshwater for a day's useb :  a drinking fountain on a ship or at a naval or marine installation

  2. 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

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