nouninformal North American
tittle-tattle, tattle, rumour, rumours, whispers, stories, tales, canards, titbits
- ‘the scuttlebutt has it that he was a spy’
- ‘the court cautioned against relying on scuttlebutt’
Early 19th century (denoting a water butt on the deck of a ship, providing drinking water): from scuttled butt. Sailors would traditionally exchange gossip when they gathered at the scuttlebutt for a drink of water.
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