verb (used without object), scut·tled, scut·tling.
- to run with quick, hasty steps; scurry.
- a quick pace.
- a short, hurried run.
- a small hatch or port in the deck, side, or bottom of a vessel.
- a cover for this.
- a small hatchlike opening in a roof or ceiling.
verb (used with object), scut·tled, scut·tling.
- to sink (a vessel) deliberately by opening seacocks or making openings in the bottom.
- to abandon, withdraw from, or cause to be abandoned or destroyed (as plans, hopes, rumors, etc.).
- See coal scuttle
- dialect, mainly British a shallow basket, esp for carrying vegetables
- the part of a motor-car body lying immediately behind the bonnet
- (intr) to run or move about with short hasty steps
- a hurried pace or run
- (tr) nautical to cause (a vessel) to sink by opening the seacocks or making holes in the bottom
- (tr) to give up (hopes, plans, etc)
- nautical a small hatch or its cover
n.“bucket,” late Old English scutel “dish, platter,” from Latin scutella “serving platter” (source also of French écuelle, Spanish escudilla, Italian scudella “a plate, bowl”), diminutive of scutra “flat tray, dish,” perhaps related to scutum “shield” (see hide (n.1)). A common Germanic borrowing from Latin (cf. Old Norse skutill, Middle Dutch schotel, Old High German scuzzila, German Schüssel “a dish”). Meaning “basket for sifting grain” is attested from mid-14c.; sense of “bucket for holding coal” first recorded 1849. v.1“scamper, scurry,” mid-15c., probably related to scud (v.). Related: Scuttled; scuttling. I should have been a pair of ragged clawsScuttling across the floors of silent seas.[T.S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”] v.2“cut a hole in a ship to sink it,” 1640s, from skottell (n.) “opening in a ship’s deck” (late 15c.), from Middle French escoutille (Modern French écoutille) or directly from Spanish escotilla “hatchway,” diminutive of escota “opening in a garment,” from escotar “cut out,” perhaps from e- “out” (see ex-) + Germanic *skaut-. Figurative use is recorded from 1888. Related: Scuttled; scuttling.