scuttle

noun (1)
scut·​tle | \ ˈskə-tᵊl How to pronounce scuttle (audio) \

Definition of scuttle

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1 : a shallow open basket for carrying something (such 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

scuttle

noun (2)

Definition of scuttle (Entry 2 of 5)

1 : a small opening in a wall or roof furnished with a lid: such 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

scuttle

verb (1)
scuttled; scuttling\ ˈskət-​liŋ How to pronounce scuttling (audio) , ˈskə-​tᵊl-​iŋ How to pronounce scuttling (audio) \

Definition of scuttle (Entry 3 of 5)

transitive verb

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

scuttle

noun (3)

Definition of scuttle (Entry 4 of 5)

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

scuttle

verb (2)
scuttled; scuttling\ ˈskət-​liŋ How to pronounce scuttling (audio) , ˈskə-​tᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of scuttle (Entry 5 of 5)

First Known Use of scuttle

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (3)

1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1657, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scuttle

Noun (1)

Middle English scutel, from Latin scutella drinking bowl, tray, diminutive of scutra platter

Noun (2)

Middle English skottell lid of a scuttle

Noun (3)

perhaps blend of scud and shuttle

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scuttle

verb
scut·​tle | \ ˈskə-tᵊl How to pronounce scuttle (audio) \
scuttled; scuttling

Kids Definition of scuttle

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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

scuttle

noun

Kids Definition of scuttle (Entry 2 of 4)

: a pail or bucket for carrying coal

scuttle

noun

Kids Definition of scuttle (Entry 3 of 4)

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

scuttle

verb
scuttled; scuttling

Kids Definition of scuttle (Entry 4 of 4)

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

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