- 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 scouteddetective, recruiter, explore, inspect, examine, lookout, sleuth, patrol, escort, picket, spy, runner, adventurer, vanguard, outpost, pioneer, guard, advance, precursor, explorer
Examples from the Web for scouted
Contemporary Examples of scouted
They scouted a few other options but the LongHouse Reserve was the one.Philippe Petit’s Moment of Concern Walking the WTC Tightrope
August 8, 2014
They scouted the streets for girls—and a few boys—to photograph and created a Tumblr to attract attention.Calling All Lolitas: The Cute Streets of Tokyo
March 20, 2014
The latter was scouted walking the streets of London and hand-picked by stylist Julian Ganio for a GQ Style shoot.Celebrating Sikh Style
October 3, 2013
Scouted at the ripe age of 13, football-loving Miles was just a normal student.Elizabeth Hurley’s Model Nephew
August 8, 2013
He had scouted out all the targets for Lashkar-e-Taiba in Mumbai in five visits to the city in the two years beforehand.The Latest Al Qaeda Alarms
October 3, 2010
Historical Examples of scouted
Only one man may be scouted by any one, and that is the loafer.
If we attempted to work there as we work here, we should be scouted and cut by all our friends.
If the thought had occurred an hour before he must have scouted it.The Scapegoat
This opinion, so much opposed to honoured tradition, was scouted, but not for long.
Barrington scouted the suggestion indignantly; he would not hear of it.Barrington
Charles James Lever
- (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
- 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
"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).