Definition of scuttlebutt noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈskʌtlbʌt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskʌtlbʌt//
[uncountable] (North American English, slang)
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stories about other people’s private lives, that may be unkind or not true synonym gossip Word Originearly 19th cent. (denoting a water butt on the deck of a ship, providing drinking water): from scuttled butt.
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