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scout

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[ skout ]
/ skaʊt /
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noun
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
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Origin of scout

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First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English verb scouten. skowten, from Old French escouter, escolter, ascolter (French écouter “to listen”) from Late Latin ascultāre, Latin auscultāre “to listen, listen to”; Middle English noun scoute-, from Old French escoute, derivative of escouter; see origin at auscultation

Other definitions for scout (2 of 2)

scout2
[ skout ]
/ skaʊt /

verb (used with object)
to treat with scorn; dismiss.
to make fun of; deride; mock.
verb (used without object)
to scoff; jeer.

Origin of scout

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First recorded in 1595–1605; perhaps from Old Norse skūta, skūti “abuse, taunting”; see also shout
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British Dictionary definitions for scout (1 of 3)

scout1
/ (skaʊt) /

noun
verb

Derived forms of scout

scouter, noun

Word Origin for scout

C14: from Old French ascouter to listen to, from Latin auscultāre to auscultate

British Dictionary definitions for scout (2 of 3)

scout2
/ (skaʊt) /

verb
archaic to reject (a person or thing) with contempt

Word Origin for scout

C17: from Old Norse skūta derision

British Dictionary definitions for scout (3 of 3)

Scout
/ (skaʊt) /

noun
(sometimes not capital) a boy or (in some countries) a girl who is a member of a worldwide movement (the Scout Association) founded as the Boy Scouts in England in 1908 by Lord Baden-Powell with the aim of developing character and responsibilitySee also Air Scout, Girl Scout, Guide, Sea Scout, Venture Scout
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Other Idioms and Phrases with scout

scout

see good egg (scout).

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