Origin of scouting
- 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
Examples from the Web for scouting
The couple apparently visited the royal chateau in January when they were scouting locations for the big day.Renaissance Wedding Bells for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
May 17, 2014
As frustration mounts within the Scouting world, a negative PR snowball builds.Why Are Girl Scout Camps Being Closed?
January 12, 2014
And what does the street-style photographer like best about scouting out fashion?The Sartorialist Hits Miami Beach: Inside Scott Schuman’s Exhibition
December 9, 2013
“It reinforces how deeply people care about scouting and how passionate they are about the organization,” the statement said.The Boy Scouts Never Fail to Disappoint
February 6, 2013
I have a few ideas [for his replacement] but they are very remote, so it depends how intensely they are scouting.Fashion Industry Weighs in on Nicolas Ghesquiere's Departure from Balenciaga
Misty White Sidell
November 8, 2012
They had been driving the cows home during this learned exposition on scouting.Pee-wee Harris
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
We are spending our time mostly in foraging, scouting, and patrolling.Three Years in the Federal Cavalry
He jumps here and there like a kangaroo when he goes on one of his scouting trips.Mixed Faces
It should never be forgotten that Scouting is chosen by the girls because it interests them.
Like all scouting, sea scouting is both recreation and education.Educational Work of the Boy Scouts
Lorne W. Barclay
- the activities, programmes, principles, etc, of the Scout Association
- (as modifier)the international Scouting movement
- (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)
- archaic to reject (a person or thing) with contempt
Word Origin and History for scouting
1640s, verbal noun from scout (v.1). Boy Scout sense from 1908.
"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.
Idioms and Phrases with scouting
see good egg (scout).