scuttlebutt (skuht'-l-buht) 1 used on sailing ships in the 1800s, the cask was for drinking water with a dipper, or libations (rum) secured from a favorite tropical port, and a gathering place for the crew for idle conversations; 2 conversations by boaters around the dock, after boating events, sailboat races, yacht clubs, and other such places; 3 latest news on local events and favorite ports of call.

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