• WordNet 3.6
    • n scuttlebutt a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people "the divorce caused much gossip"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scuttlebutt Nautical, a cask or butt having a scuttle or hole cut in it for the introduction of a cup or dipper, and used to hold drinking-water. Also called scuttle-cask.
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In literature:

Every now and again one or another of them, choked with the dust, went to get a draft of lukewarm water from the scuttlebutt.
"A Master of Fortune" by Cutcliffe Hyne
How come Ken suddenly knows so much scuttlebutt about U.S. computer research?
"The Samurai Strategy" by Thomas Hoover

In news:

A collection of gossip, scuttlebutt , and odds and ends from our reporters' notebooks.
Get the Tech Scuttlebutt .
The Tears of the Helmsman and Other Scuttlebutt .
Art, architecture, scuttlebutt and the 'form' of future Beaufort on tap.
The Tears of the Helmsman and Other Scuttlebutt.
The scuttlebutt was that when the base commander, a bird colonel, found out that Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio had a sergeant who made the best pies in the entire Air Force, he demanded that the sergeant be transferred to Louisiana.
A collection of gossip, scuttlebutt, and odds and ends from our reporters' notebooks.
My main source for movie news, Mr Scuttlebutt, says a seven-minute prologue for "The Dark Knight" will be screened with the IMAX version of "I Am Legend.