- Naut. a drinking fountain on shipboard
- ⌂ Informal rumor or gossip
Origin of scuttlebuttorigin, originally ; from scuttled butt, a cask or butt with an opening for a dipper
- Nautical a. A cask on a ship used to hold the day's supply of drinking water.b. A drinking fountain on a ship.
- Slang Gossip; rumor.
Origin of scuttlebuttAlteration of scuttled butt, cask with a hole cut into it : scuttle1, to cut a hole in (the hull of a ship) + butt5. Sense 2, probably from fact that sailors would exchange gossip while taking a drink from the cask.
(countable and uncountable, plural scuttlebutts)