- 1[intransitive] + adv./prep. to run with quick short steps synonym scurry She scuttled off when she heard the sound of his voice. He held his breath as a rat scuttled past. The rain sent everyone scuttling for cover.
- 2[transitive] scuttle something to deliberately cause something to fail synonym foil Shareholders successfully scuttled the deal.
- 3[transitive] scuttle something to sink a ship deliberately by making holes in the side or bottom of it See related entries: Travelling by boat or ship Word Originverb sense 1 late 15th cent.: compare with dialect scuddle, frequentative of scud. verb senses 2 to 3 late 15th cent. (as a noun): perhaps from Old French escoutille, from the Spanish diminutive escotilla
BrE BrE//ˈskʌtl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskʌtl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scuttle
BrE BrE//ˈskʌtl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskʌtl//he / she / it scuttles
BrE BrE//ˈskʌtlz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskʌtlz//past simple scuttled
BrE BrE//ˈskʌtld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskʌtld//past participle scuttled
BrE BrE//ˈskʌtld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskʌtld//-ing form scuttling
BrE BrE//ˈskʌtlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskʌtlɪŋ//Travelling by boat or ship