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Drawing of a coal scuttle

A coal scuttle, sometimes spelled coalscuttle and also called a hod, 'coal bucket', or 'coal pail', is a bucket-like container for holding a small, intermediate supply of coal convenient to an indoor coal-fired stove or heater.


Coal scuttles are usually made of metal and shaped as a vertical cylinder or truncatedcone, with the open top slanted for pouring coal on a fire. It may have one or two handles.[1] Homes that do not use coal sometimes use a coal scuttle decoratively.[2]


The word scuttle comes, via Middle English and Old English, from the Latin word Scutula, meaning a shallow pan.[3] An alternative name, hod, derives from the Old French hotte, meaning 'basket,' and is also used in reference to boxes used to carry bricks or other construction materials.[4]

Infamous use[edit]

In 1917, the Swedish serial killer Hilda Nilsson used a coal scuttle, a large bucket, and a washboard to drown children that she had been hired to care for.[5]


  1. ^Runyan, W. R. '1001 Words and Phrases You Never Knew You Didn't Know'. thefreedictionary.com. Retrieved 5 December 2015.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^'Decorative Cast Iron Coal Scuttle and Shovel'. EVERYTHING BUT THE HOUSE (ebth.com). Retrieved 5 December 2015.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^'Wiktionary: Scutula'. Wiktionary.org. Retrieved 5 December 2015.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^'Wiktionary: hod'. Wiktionary.org. Retrieved 3 September 2017.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^'Änglamakerskan i Helsingborg dränkte åtta fosterbarn'. Hemmets Journal. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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scut·tle 1

1. A small opening or hatch with a movable lid in the deck or hull of a ship or in the roof, wall, or floor of a building.
tr.v.scut·tled, scut·tling, scut·tles1. Nautical
a. To cut or open a hole or holes in (a ship's hull).
2. To thwart, ruin, or terminate: 'a program [the] President ... sought to scuttle'(Christian Science Monitor).
[Middle English skottell, from Old French escoutille, possibly from Spanish escotilla.]

scut·tle 2

2. A shallow open basket for carrying vegetables, flowers, or grain.
[Middle English scutel, basket, from Old English, dish, from Latin scutella; see scullery.]

scut·tle 3

(skŭt′l)intr.v.scut·tled, scut·tling, scut·tles
To run or move with short hurried movements; scurry.
[Middle English scottlen; possibly akin to scud.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(ˈskʌtəl) n
2. dialectchieflyBrit a shallow basket, esp for carrying vegetables
3. (Automotive Engineering) the part of a motor-car body lying immediately behind the bonnet
[Old English scutel trencher, from Latin scutella bowl, diminutive of scutra platter; related to Old Norse skutill, Old High German scuzzila, perhaps to Latin scūtum shield]


(ˈskʌtəl) vb
(intr) to run or move about with short hasty steps
[C15: perhaps from scud, influenced by shuttle]


(ˈskʌtəl) vb
1. (Nautical Terms) (tr) nautical to cause (a vessel) to sink by opening the seacocks or making holes in the bottom
(Nautical Terms) nautical a small hatch or its cover
[C15 (n): via Old French from Spanish escotilla a small opening, from escote opening in a piece of cloth, from escotar to cut out]
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(ˈskʌt l)
2. a broad, shallow basket.
[before 1050; Middle English; Old English scutel dish, trencher, platter < Latin scutella, diminutive of scutra shallow pan]


(ˈskʌt l)
v. -tled, -tling,
n. v.i. n.
2. a quick pace.
[1400–50; late Middle English scottlynge (ger.), variant of scuddle, frequentative of scud1]


(ˈskʌt l)
Shuttle Scuttlen., v. -tled, -tling.n. 1.
a. a small hatch or port in the deck, side, or bottom of a vessel.
2. a small hatchlike opening in a roof or ceiling.
3. to sink (a vessel) deliberately by opening seacocks or making openings in the bottom.
4. to abandon or destroy (plans, rumors, etc.).
[1490–1500; perhaps « Sp escotilla hatchway, derivative of escot(e) a cutting of cloth]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.


Past participle: scuttled
Gerund: scuttling
I scuttle
you scuttle
he/she/it scuttles
we scuttle
you scuttle
they scuttle
I scuttled
you scuttled
he/she/it scuttled
we scuttled
you scuttled
they scuttled
Present Continuous
I am scuttling
you are scuttling
he/she/it is scuttling
we are scuttling
you are scuttling
they are scuttling
Present Perfect
I have scuttled
you have scuttled
he/she/it has scuttled
we have scuttled
you have scuttled
they have scuttled
Past Continuous
I was scuttling
you were scuttling
he/she/it was scuttling
we were scuttling
you were scuttling
they were scuttling
Past Perfect
I had scuttled
you had scuttled
he/she/it had scuttled
we had scuttled
you had scuttled
they had scuttled
I will scuttle
you will scuttle
he/she/it will scuttle
we will scuttle
you will scuttle
they will scuttle
Future Perfect
I will have scuttled
you will have scuttled
he/she/it will have scuttled
we will have scuttled
you will have scuttled
they will have scuttled
Future Continuous
I will be scuttling
you will be scuttling
he/she/it will be scuttling
we will be scuttling
you will be scuttling
they will be scuttling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been scuttling
you have been scuttling
he/she/it has been scuttling
we have been scuttling
you have been scuttling
they have been scuttling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been scuttling
you will have been scuttling
he/she/it will have been scuttling
we will have been scuttling
you will have been scuttling
they will have been scuttling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been scuttling
you had been scuttling
he/she/it had been scuttling
we had been scuttling
you had been scuttling
they had been scuttling
I would scuttle
you would scuttle
he/she/it would scuttle
we would scuttle
you would scuttle
they would scuttle
Past Conditional
I would have scuttled
you would have scuttled
he/she/it would have scuttled
we would have scuttled
you would have scuttled
they would have scuttled
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
Noun1.scuttle - container for coal; shaped to permit pouring the coal onto the fire
container - any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
2.scuttle - an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship
entrance, entranceway, entryway, entree, entry - something that provides access (to get in or get out); 'they waited at the entrance to the garden'; 'beggars waited just outside the entryway to the cathedral'
escape hatch - hatchway that provides a means of escape in an emergency
Verb1.scuttle - to move about or proceed hurriedly; 'so terrified by the extraordinary ebbing of the sea that they scurried to higher ground'
scamper, scurry, skitter
run - move fast by using one's feet, with one foot off the ground at any given time; 'Don't run--you'll be out of breath'; 'The children ran to the store'
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


1.run, scurry, scamper, rush, hurry, scramble, hare(Brit. informal), bustle, beetle, scud, hasten, scoot, scutter(Brit. informal)Two very small children scuttled away.
2.wreck, destroy, ruin, overwhelm, disable, overthrow, foil, undo, torpedo, put paid to, discomfitSuch threats could scuttle the peace conference.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
gera gat á skipsbotn til aî sökkva òvískjótast, hraîa sér
muktnogremdēt kuģisteigties


2. (fig) [+ hopes, plans] → dar al traste con, echar por tierra


2Coupon[ˈskʌtl]VI (= run) → echar a correr
to scuttle away or offescabullirse
to scuttle alongcorrer, ir a toda prisa
we must scuttletenemos que marcharnos


3[ˈskʌtl]N (for coal) → cubom, carboneraf
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


(alsocoal scuttle) → seaum (à charbon)
[+ plans, proposals, hopes] → abandonner
vi (= scamper) → détaler, s'enfuir à toutes jambesscuttle offvis'enfuir à toutes jambes, détaler
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005




vi (person)trippeln; (animals)hoppeln; (spiders, crabs etc)krabbeln; she/it scuttled off in a hurrysie/es flitzte davon


3 (Naut) vt
(fig) treaty, agreement, talkssprengen; planskaputt machen
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


b. (alsocoal scuttle) → secchio del carbone



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[ˈskʌtl]vito scuttle away or offfilare via
to scuttle in →
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(ˈskatl) verb
to hurry with short, quick steps. trippel يَفُرُّ، يُسْرِعُ بِخُطُواتٍ قَصيرَه офейквам apressar-se cupitat eiliger Gang pile το βάζω στα πόδια echar a correr liduma با گامهاي كوتاه دويدن kipittää courir précipitament לָרוּץ בִּצעדים קְטָנִים भाग जाना žuriti, umaknuti bijegom (el-, haza-)rohan jalan bergegas skjótast, hraða sér affrettarsi あわてて走る 허둥지둥 달리다 spausti, mauti steigties; mukt bergegas lari haastig rennen fare, pile, vimse, svinse biec drobnymi kroczkami تښتېدل، ځغليدل، ځغستل: دريڅه پرېښودل apressar-se a o lua la fugă поспешно бежать cupitať bežati brzo hodati rusa, kila, skutta วิ่งซอยเท้าอย่างรีบเร่ง sıvışmak 倉促地加快腳步 квапливо бігти بھگدڑ مچانا chạy gấp 急促奔跑


(ˈskatl) verb

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(of a ship's crew) to make a hole in (the ship) in order to sink it. The sailors scuttled the ship to prevent it falling into enemy hands. skip laat sink пробивам (кораб) afundar سوراخ كردنو غرق كردن كشتي upottaa laiva לְנָקֵב אָנִייִה כְּדֵי שֶׁתִטבַּע छेद बनाना probušiti dno broda, potopiti brod na taj način melubangi kapal affondare (배를) 침몰시키다 membuat lubang agar kapalnya tenggelam doen zinken دډبرو دسكرو سطل، بوكه يا بالټى: دريڅه، سورې napraviti rupu u brodu kako bi ga potopili เจาะ (เรือ); จม(เรือ) (在船底等處鑿孔)使(船)沈沒,鑿沈 пробити борт судна; потопити судно جہاز کے پرنالے کھول کر اسے ڈبانا đục đắm tàu (在船底等处凿孔)使船沉没
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