scout

1
[skout]
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noun

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)


Origin of scout

1
1300–50; (v.) Middle English skowten < Old French escouter, escolter, ascolter (French écouter to listen) < Late Latin ascultāre, Latin auscultāre to listen; see auscultate; (noun) < Middle French escoute, derivative of escouter

scout

2
[skout]

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

2
1595–1605; perhaps < Old Norse skūta, skūt abuse, angry words. See shout
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British Dictionary definitions for scouted

Scout

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

scout

1

noun

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

verb

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)
Derived Formsscouter, noun

Word Origin for scout

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

scout

2

verb

archaic to reject (a person or thing) with contempt

Word Origin for scout

C17: from Old Norse skūta derision
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Word Origin and History for scouted

scout

v.1

late 14c., "observe or explore as a scout, travel in search of information," from Old French escouter "to listen, heed" (Modern French écouter), from Latin auscultare "to listen to, give heed to" (see auscultate). Related: Scouted; scouting.

scout

v.2

"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.

scout

n.

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with scouted

scout

see good egg (scout).

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