Origin of lookout

First recorded in 1690–1700; noun use of verb phrase look out

Synonyms for lookout


[loo k-out]


Cape, a sandy reef in the Outer Banks, off E North Carolina, SW of Cape Hatteras: lighthouse.
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Contemporary Examples of lookout

Historical Examples of lookout

  • I have set Sharp to keep a lookout for him, but he has learned nothing as yet.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • For a whole month the German vanguard remained on the lookout in the village.

  • Always he was on the lookout for the trail of the gods where it might leave the river and proceed inland.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • With what eagerness the sailors must have kept on the lookout!

    Introductory American History

    Henry Eldridge Bourne

  • I found out afterwards that they'd been on the lookout for the bombshell for half an hour.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for lookout



the act of keeping watch against danger, etc
a person or persons instructed or employed to keep such a watch, esp on a ship
a strategic point from which a watch is kept
informal worry or concernthat's his lookout
mainly British outlook, chances, or view

verb look out (adverb, mainly intr)

to heed one's behaviour; be carefullook out for the children's health
to be on the watchlook out for my mother at the station
(tr) to search for and findI'll look out some curtains for your new house
(foll by on or over) to face in a particular directionthe house looks out over the moor
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Word Origin and History for lookout

also look-out, "person who stands watch or acts as a scout," 1690s, from look + out. Verbal phrase look out "be on the watch" attested from c.1600.

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Idioms and Phrases with lookout


see keep an eye out for (sharp lookout); on the lookout. Also see entries beginning with look out.

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