from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Slang Gossip; rumor.
- n. Nautical A drinking fountain on a ship.
- n. Nautical A cask on a ship used to hold the day's supply of drinking water.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A butt with a scuttle, a keg of drinking water with a hole cut in it, on board ship.
- n. Gossip, rumour, idle chatter.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a butt or cask with a large hole in it, used to contain the fresh water for daily use in a ship.
- n. See scuttle butt.
- n. A drinking fountain on board a ship or at a naval station.
- n. The latest gossip; rumors.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, a cask or butt having a scuttle or hole cut in it for the introduction of a cup or dipper, and used to hold drinking-water. Also called scuttle-cask.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people
scuttle1 + butt5.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
scuttle + butt. In sense of gossip, because sailors would gather around the scuttlebutt to drink and exchange gossip; compare water cooler and furphy. (Wiktionary)