- 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
Related Words for accostsconfront, annoy, buttonhole, bother, welcome, cross, hail, face, dare, flag, proposition, call, greet, entice, address, brace, challenge, salute
Examples from the Web for accosts
Historical Examples of accosts
You see a luminous shadow of myself; it haunts, it accosts, it compels you.A Strange Story, Complete
If any one accosts you on the road put no trust in any professions.The Children of the New Forest
He accosts me, when in the company of friends, with repulsive freedom.Urban Sketches
Everyone who accosts us asks for whisky, which seems to be scarce.The houseboat book
William F. Waugh
He accosts her with evident pleasure, and is allowed a shake of the hand.From the Oak to the Olive
Julia Ward Howe
- (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 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.