Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Entry: scuttlebutt (n.)

In context: "...they wouldn't exactly mind, is the general scuttlebutt, if a half dozen or so of the better girls left before graduation and tried for the Show..."

Definitionslang (orig. U.S. Naut.). Rumour, idle gossip, unfounded report.

Where did it come from?  Here is an earlier usage of the word:

a. Naut. A cask of drinking-water on board ship; a drinking-fountain. Also fig.


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Source: Oxford English Dictionary   

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