/ˈskʌtl̩ˌbʌt/ noun [noncount]
US informal : talk or stories about someone that may not be true

There's some scuttlebutt [=there's a rumor] that he might be planning to leave his wife.

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  • scut|tle|butt — «SKUHT uhl BUHT», noun. 1. U.S. Informal. rumor and stories not based on fact; gossip: »Moscow scuttlebutt says Ekaterina is now a sports car buff (Time). 2. a) a water cask for drinking, with a hole in the top for a cup or dipper, kept on the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • scut — scut·tle·butt; scut·tler; scut; scut·ter; scut·tle; …   English syllables

  • butt — butt; butt·er rigged; butt·gen·bach·ite; butt·ing; butt·in·sky; gar·butt; scut·tle·butt; tar·butt·ite; …   English syllables

  • tle — abris·tle; abus·tle; apos·tle; apos·tle·hood; apos·tle·ship; bait·tle; bat·tle·dore; bat·tle·ment; bat·tle·ment·ed; bat·tle·some; be·lit·tle; be·lit·tle·ment; bot·tle·ful; bris·tle·less; brus·tle; but·tle; cac·o·mis·tle; cas·tle·ry; cas·tle·ward; …   English syllables

  • Scuttle butt — Scuttle Scut tle (sk[u^]t t l), n. [OF. escoutille, F. [ e]scoutille, cf. Sp. escotilla; probably akin to Sp. escotar to cut a thing so as to make it fit, to hollow a garment about the neck, perhaps originally, to cut a bosom shaped piece out,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scuttlebutt — scut·tle·butt …   English syllables

  • scuttlebutt — scut|tle|butt [ˈskʌtlbʌt] n [U] AmE informal [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: scuttlebutt container for a ship s drinking water (19 20 centuries), from scuttled having a hole cut in it (18 19 centuries) (from SCUTTLE1) + butt large container for liquid …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • scuttlebutt — scut|tle|butt [ skʌtl,bʌt ] noun uncount AMERICAN INFORMAL stories about someone s personal life, especially ones that contain unkind or false information …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • scuttlebutt — scut•tle•butt [[t]ˈskʌt lˌbʌt[/t]] n. 1) cvb inf Informal. rumor; gossip 2) a) naut. navig. an open shipboard cask containing drinking water b) naut. navig. a drinking fountain for use by the crew of a vessel • Etymology: 1795–1805 …   From formal English to slang

  • scuttlebutt — scut tle*butt (sk[u^]t t l*b[u^]t ), n. 1. See {scuttle butt}. [PJC] 2. A drinking fountain on board a ship or at a naval station. [PJC] 3. The latest gossip; rumors. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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