AskDefine | Define scuttle

Dictionary Definition



1 container for coal; shaped to permit pouring the coal onto the fire [syn: coal scuttle]
2 an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship [syn: hatchway, opening] v : to move about or proceed hurriedly; "so terrified by the extraordinary ebbing of the sea that they scurried to higher ground" [syn: scurry, scamper, skitter]

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Etymology 1


  1. A container like an open bucket (usually to hold and carry coal).
a container like an open bucket

Etymology 2


  1. A small hatch or opening in a boat.
a small hatch or opening in a boat


  1. To deliberately sink a ship or boat by order of the commander, rather than by enemy action.
To deliberately sink a ship or boat by order of the commander

Etymology 3


  1. To move hastily, to scurry
    The cockroach scuttled under the kitchen sink.
To move hastily, to scurry

Extensive Definition

Scuttle may refer to:
  • Scuttling, deliberately sinking a ship by allowing water in
  • Coal scuttle, a bucket-like container for coal
  • Shaving scuttle, a teapot-like container for hot water
  • Scuttle, a fictional character in Disney's The Little Mermaid

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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