Scuttle butt
Scuttle Scut"tle (sk[u^]t"t'l), n. [OF. escoutille, F. ['e]scoutille, cf. Sp. escotilla; probably akin to Sp. escotar to cut a thing so as to make it fit, to hollow a garment about the neck, perhaps originally, to cut a bosom-shaped piece out, and of Teutonic origin; cf. D. schoot lap, bosom, G. schoss, Goth. skauts the hem of a garnment. Cf. {Sheet} an expanse.] 1. A small opening in an outside wall or covering, furnished with a lid. Specifically: (a) (Naut.) A small opening or hatchway in the deck of a ship, large enough to admit a man, and with a lid for covering it, also, a like hole in the side or bottom of a ship. (b) An opening in the roof of a house, with a lid. [1913 Webster]

2. The lid or door which covers or closes an opening in a roof, wall, or the like. [1913 Webster]

{Scuttle butt}, or {Scuttle cask} (Naut.), a butt or cask with a large hole in it, used to contain the fresh water for daily use in a ship. --Totten. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • scuttle-butt — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Scuttle — Scut tle (sk[u^]t t l), n. [OF. escoutille, F. [ e]scoutille, cf. Sp. escotilla; probably akin to Sp. escotar to cut a thing so as to make it fit, to hollow a garment about the neck, perhaps originally, to cut a bosom shaped piece out, and of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scuttle cask — Scuttle Scut tle (sk[u^]t t l), n. [OF. escoutille, F. [ e]scoutille, cf. Sp. escotilla; probably akin to Sp. escotar to cut a thing so as to make it fit, to hollow a garment about the neck, perhaps originally, to cut a bosom shaped piece out,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scut|tle|butt — «SKUHT uhl BUHT», noun. 1. U.S. Informal. rumor and stories not based on fact; gossip: »Moscow scuttlebutt says Ekaterina is now a sports car buff (Time). 2. a) a water cask for drinking, with a hole in the top for a cup or dipper, kept on the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • List of minor TUGS characters — The following is a list of fictional characters in the children s television series, TUGS. All of these characters played supporting roles to the series main characters in the fictional harbour of Bigg City Port. Contents 1 Tugboats 1.1 Sea Rogue …   Wikipedia

  • Scuttlebutt — means water fountain or a rumor. [http://www.merriam webster.com/dictionary/scuttlebutt Definition of scuttlebutt from the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary ] Retrieved 2008 03 16 ] As Slang Water for immediate consumption on a sailing ship was… …   Wikipedia

  • scuttlebutt — scut tle*butt (sk[u^]t t l*b[u^]t ), n. 1. See {scuttle butt}. [PJC] 2. A drinking fountain on board a ship or at a naval station. [PJC] 3. The latest gossip; rumors. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk — The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk Founder(s) The Maritime Aquarium Authority Type Publicly supported aquarium Founded July 16, 1988[1] …   Wikipedia

  • The What of Whom — Infobox Album | Name = The What of Whom Type = album Artist = Daniel Johnston Released = 1982 Recorded = August 1982 Label = Self released Stress Records Eternal Yip Eye Music Producer = Daniel Johnston Reviews = Last album = Don t Be Scared… …   Wikipedia

  • gossip — 1. noun a) Someone who likes to talk about someone else’s private or personal business. b) Idle talk about someone’s private or personal matters, especially someone not present. Syn: scuttle butt 2. verb …   Wiktionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”