Definition of scuttlebutt in English:

scuttlebutt

Syllabification: scut·tle·butt
Pronunciation: /ˈskətlˌbət
 
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noun

North American informal
  • Rumor; gossip: the scuttlebutt has it that he was a spy the court cautioned against relying on scuttlebutt
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    • There's been some scuttlebutt that the Enterprise is going to be involved in something pretty big, but that's all it is.
    • This is fodder for schoolyard scuttlebutt, a ‘guaranteed to be repeated until you're sick of it’ situation that will definitely work your last nerve.
    • I heard rumors that you had returned, Capitan Hinds, but I thought it was mere scuttlebutt.

Origin

early 19th century (denoting a water butt on the deck of a ship, providing drinking water): from scuttled butt.

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