a member of an organization of boys (Boy Scouts ), founded in England in 1908 by Lieutenant General 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.
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How to use Boy Scout in a sentence
Even as a child, he was a straight arrow with a sense of duty, honor and country, and he carried that Boy Scout quality into adulthood.America needed a space race hero. John Glenn was the obvious choice. | Douglas Brinkley | May 28, 2021 | Washington Post
The then 10-year-old Boy Scout was with his cousin a few days after the massacre when they spotted wooden crates the size of pianos strewn about at the edge of the cemetery.To find answers about the 1921 race massacre, Tulsa digs up its painful past | Helen Thompson | May 27, 2021 | Science News
He was also involved with local Boy Scout troops and started a Native-inspired Scouting society called the Mic-O-Say Tribe.‘End racism,’ the NFL implored. So what about that Chiefs’ name? | Liz Clarke | February 5, 2021 | Washington Post
The Boy Scout that a people thought they knew does not exist.The Religious Right's 'Nice Guy' Who Threw His Wife Under the Bus | Patricia Murphy | September 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Outside, Matt Schultz supporters in Boy Scout uniforms made pancakes and handed out cups of Tang.
Think Gogol's "Ukrainian Tales" redone by a Boy Scout who doesn't believe in magic.The Forgotten Russian: The Genius of Nikolai Leskov | Benjamin Lytal | April 10, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Bob is 15 years old, and the only openly gay Scout in a Boy Scout troop.A New Hope? Nah, the Boy Scouts of America Strikes Back | Ilana Glazer | March 13, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
This Tennessee bill, coupled with the recent Boy Scout debate seem to be part of a disturbing trend.
"He'll understand that if he's up on Boy Scout literature," suggested Sandy.
I guess this Boy Scout training is pretty poor, ain't it, eh?
"It means a Boy Scout signal for assistance," replied Tommy.
"I'm not kicking at the discovery of a Boy Scout," laughed Will.
Many formidable obstacles lie in our path, we know, but we are comforted by the thought that the Boy Scout isn't one of them.
British Dictionary definitions for boy scout
US and Canadian informal an apparently virtuous and innocent person
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