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scuttlebutt (n.)

also scuttle-butt, 1805, "cask of drinking water kept on a ship's deck, having a hole (scuttle) cut in it for a cup or dipper," from scuttle "opening in a ship's deck" (see scuttle (v.2)) + butt (n.2) "barrel." Earlier scuttle cask (1777). The slang meaning "rumor, gossip" is recorded by 1901, traditionally said to be from the sailors' custom of gathering around the scuttlebutt to gossip while at sea. Compare water-cooler, figurative for "workplace gossip" in mid-20c.

updated on March 09, 2022

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Definitions of scuttlebutt from WordNet

scuttlebutt (n.)
a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people;
Synonyms: gossip / comment
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.

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