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Boy Scout

a member of an organization of boys (Boy Scouts) founded in England in 1908 by Lieut. Gen. Sir Robert S. S. Baden-Powell, that seeks to develop certain skills in its members, as well as character, self-reliance, and usefulness to others.
(lowercase) a member of any similar society elsewhere.
(lowercase) Sometimes Disparaging. a person whose deeds, obliging personality, idealism, etc., exceed normal expectations.
Origin of Boy Scout
First recorded in 1905-10
Usage note
Use of boy scout to mean ‘someone who is obliging and idealistic’ usually implies that the person is naive or unworldly. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • So the Boy Scout of to-day must be chivalrous, manly, and gentlemanly.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • This means also that a Boy Scout must always be in the pink of condition.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • Lincoln's life and career should be the study and inspiration of every Boy Scout.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • Glen turned into his blankets that night a Boy Scout of America.

    The Boy Scout Treasure Hunters Charles Henry Lerrigo
  • He will come in a motor, and I expect a Boy Scout will be with him.

    Good Old Anna Marie Belloc Lowndes
British Dictionary definitions for Boy Scout

boy scout

See Scout
(US & Canadian, informal) an apparently virtuous and innocent person
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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