- to confront boldly: The beggar accosted me for money.
- to approach, especially with a greeting, question, or remark.
- (of prostitutes, procurers, etc.) to solicit for sexual purposes.
- a greeting.
Origin of accost
Examples from the Web for accost
Or, even more embarrassingly, she did and opted to accost Aslan about his religion regardless of the claims in his book.Speed Read: The Six Most Controversial Reza Aslan Claims About Jesus
July 30, 2013
The dreamer tries to help, and fends off a man who is about to accost her with lecherous intentions.Book Bag: André Aciman’s Favorite Novellas of Unconsummated Loves
January 1, 2013
He was not to accost her in the presence of any other person.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
He entered the room slowly, uncertain how to accost Mr. Danforth.Paul Prescott's Charge
An inspiration from above told me to accost her and to invite her to follow me.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
I kept my seat, resolving to accost him directly after supper.The O'Ruddy
It might be no harm to accost them, and Jem was not shy about strangers.My New Curate
- (tr) to approach, stop, and speak to (a person), as to ask a question, accuse of a crime, solicit sexually, etc
- rare a greeting
Word Origin and History for accost
1570s, from Middle French accoster "move up to," from Italian accostare or directly from Late Latin accostare "come up to the side," from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + costa "rib, side" (see coast (n.)). The original notion is of fleets of warships attacking an enemy's coast. Related: Accosted; accosting.