- 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
NAmE//ˈskʌt̮l//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scuttle
he / she / it scuttles
past simple scuttled
-ing form scuttling