- a soldier, warship, airplane, etc., employed in reconnoitering.
- a person sent out to obtain information.
- a person who observes and reports on the techniques, players, etc., of opposing teams.
- a person sent out by a team to observe and recommend new talent for recruitment.
- a talent scout, as in the entertainment field.
- an act or instance of reconnoitering, inspecting, observing, etc.
- (sometimes initial capital letter) a Boy Scout or Girl Scout.
- Informal. a person: He's a good scout.
- a man acting as servant to a student at Oxford University.
- to act as a scout; reconnoiter.
- to make a search; hunt.
- to work as a talent scout.
- to examine, inspect, or observe for the purpose of obtaining information; reconnoiter: to scout the enemy's defenses.
- to seek; search for (usually followed by out or up): to scout up a date for Friday night.
- to find by seeking, searching, or looking (usually followed by out or up): Scout out a good book for me to read.
Origin of scout1
- to treat with scorn; dismiss.
- to make fun of; deride; mock.
- to scoff; jeer.
Origin of scout2
Related Words for scoutdetective, recruiter, explore, inspect, examine, lookout, sleuth, patrol, escort, picket, spy, runner, adventurer, vanguard, outpost, pioneer, guard, advance, precursor, explorer
Examples from the Web for scout
Contemporary Examples of scout
The brokers then scout out potential “crew members” who can earn substantial discounts for working the journey.Ghost Ships of the Mediterranean
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 6, 2015
From there, he led groups of Kansa and Osage to scout for Spanish garrisons.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
October 24, 2014
The next year he sat in the living room and listened again while Fred Pinckney, the Detroit scout, talked.Gordie Howe Hockey’s Greatest War Horse
May 31, 2014
“I saw one game last year when this kid touched the ball about twice in the entire second half,” says one NBA scout.Shaq, Year One
Charles P. Pierce
May 24, 2014
According to the Save Our Scout Camps website, the lawsuit remains active.Why Are Girl Scout Camps Being Closed?
January 12, 2014
Historical Examples of scout
The warning call of the scout was not uttered without occasion.
"This must be looked to," said the scout, glancing about him with an anxious eye.
On the other hand, the quick, roving eye of the scout seldom rested.
Heyward saw, by the manner of the scout, that altercation would be useless.
"Ah, reason and calculation are often outdone by accident," returned the scout.
- a person, ship, or aircraft sent out to gain information
- military a person or unit despatched to reconnoitre the position of the enemy
- sport a person employed by a club to seek new players
- the act or an instance of scouting
- (esp at Oxford University) a college servantCompare gyp 3
- obsolete (in Britain) a patrolman of a motoring organization
- informal a fellow or companion
- to examine or observe (anything) in order to obtain information
- (tr; sometimes foll by out or up) to seek
- (intr) to act as a scout for a sports club
- (intr; foll by about or around) to go in search (for)
Word Origin for scout
- archaic to reject (a person or thing) with contempt
Word Origin for scout
- (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
"to reject with scorn," 1710, earlier "to mock" (c.1600), of Scandinavian origin (cf. Old Norse skuta, skute "to taunt"), probably from a source related to shout (v.). Related: Scouted; scouting; scoutingly.
"person who scouts, one sent out to gain information," 1550s, from scout (v.1). Boy Scout is from 1908. Scout's honor attested from 1908.
see good egg (scout).