accost

[uh-kawst, uh-kost]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to confront boldly: The beggar accosted me for money.
  2. to approach, especially with a greeting, question, or remark.
  3. (of prostitutes, procurers, etc.) to solicit for sexual purposes.
noun
  1. a greeting.

Origin of accost

First recorded in 1570–80, accost is from the Late Latin word accostāre to be or put side by side. See ac-, coast
Related formsac·cost·a·ble, adjectiveun·ac·cost·a·ble, adjective
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accost

verb
  1. (tr) to approach, stop, and speak to (a person), as to ask a question, accuse of a crime, solicit sexually, etc
noun
  1. rare a greeting
Derived Formsaccostable, adjective

Word Origin for accost

C16: from Late Latin accostāre to place side by side, from Latin costa side, rib
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Word Origin and History for accosts

accost

v.

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.

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