- (context, nautical, countable) A keg of water on board ship, around which sailors would gossip.
- (context, informal, uncountable) gossip, Gossip, rumour, idle chatter.
Etymology: From scuttle + butt.
- 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 3:
- :Since their orders had come through, the "" among the excited and curious crew had been of little besides the fabled "White City" ....
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