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a. A cask on a ship used to hold the day's supply of drinking water.
b. A drinking fountain on a ship.
2. Slang Gossip; rumor.
1. (Nautical Terms) a drinking fountain
2. (Nautical Terms) (formerly) a cask of drinking water aboard a ship
3. chiefly slang US rumour or gossip
[C19: from scuttle3 + butt4]
1. Informal. rumor; gossip.
a. an open shipboard cask containing drinking water.
b. a drinking fountain for use by the crew of a vessel.
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|Noun||1.||scuttlebutt - a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people; "the divorce caused much gossip"|
report, account - the act of informing by verbal report; "he heard reports that they were causing trouble"; "by all accounts they were a happy couple"
earful - an outpouring of gossip
hearsay, rumor, rumour - gossip (usually a mixture of truth and untruth) passed around by word of mouth
grapevine, pipeline, word of mouth - gossip spread by spoken communication; "the news of their affair was spread by word of mouth"