scouting

[ skou-ting ]
/ ˈskaʊ tɪŋ /

noun

an act or instance of reconnoitering; reconnaissance.
the activities of a scout or scouts.
(often initial capital letter) the program of activities of the Boy Scouts or the Girl Scouts.

Origin of scouting

First recorded in 1635–45; scout1 + -ing1
Related formsscout·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for scouting (2 of 3)

scout

1
[ skout ]
/ skaʊt /

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

Definition for scouting (3 of 3)

scout

2
[ 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

2
1595–1605; perhaps < Old Norse skūta, skūt abuse, angry words. See shout
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British Dictionary definitions for scouting (1 of 4)

Scouting

/ (ˈskaʊtɪŋ) /

noun

  1. the activities, programmes, principles, etc, of the Scout Association
  2. (as modifier)the international Scouting movement

British Dictionary definitions for scouting (2 of 4)

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

British Dictionary definitions for scouting (3 of 4)

scout

1
/ (skaʊt) /

noun

verb

Derived Formsscouter, noun

Word Origin for scout

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

British Dictionary definitions for scouting (4 of 4)

scout

2
/ (skaʊt) /

verb

archaic to reject (a person or thing) with contempt

Word Origin for scout

C17: from Old Norse skūta derision
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Idioms and Phrases with scouting

scout


see good egg (scout).

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