Definition of scuttlebutt in English:


Pronunciation /ˈskədlˌbət/

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informal North American
  • Rumor; gossip.

    • ‘the scuttlebutt has it that he was a spy’
    • ‘the court cautioned against relying on scuttlebutt’
    tittle-tattle, tattle, rumour, rumours, whispers, stories, tales, canards, titbits


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.