- (of animals) represented as side by side: two dolphins accosted.
Origin of accosted
- 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 accosted
Days later, supermodel Kate Moss accosted Bieber at another party in Ibiza, giving him a dressing down over his behavior.13 Celebrities Who Dissed Justin Bieber
August 7, 2014
The young lawyer was returning to her townhouse near Regents Park with her boyfriend when she was accosted soon after dark.Thief Holds Tony Blair’s Daughter At Gunpoint Demanding Jewels and Cash
September 19, 2013
The doctors were accosted by local settlers, and the Arab doctors and their families were subjected to racial harassment.Israeli Peace Camp: Empower Moderate Settlers
May 29, 2013
What if he wanted a snack on the way home and accosted a woman on some pretext?Cannibal Cop Now Faces Life in Prison
March 12, 2013
They sneaked into the garage claiming it was public property and accosted her.Inside Katie Holmes’s New Life
July 5, 2012
I accosted him, when, to my chagrin and disappointment, he was a white man.Biography of a Slave
Just then a French tourist came up and accosted us, smiling ruefully.The Roof of France
As they moved toward the Secretary's office, Porter was accosted by his trainer.
As the boy came through the little gate Mortimer accosted him.
As Maltravers thus soliloquized, he was accosted by Mr. Cleveland.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
- (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 accosted
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.