accost[ə kôst′, -käst′]
- The definition of accost is to attack someone verbally in a bold or aggressive way.
An example of the word accost would be a person on a bus yelling at someone in order to get his seat.
- to approach and speak to; greet first, before being greeted, esp. in an intrusive way
- to solicit for sexual purposes: said of a prostitute, etc.
Origin of accostFrench accoster ; from Italian accostare, to bring side by side ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form accostare ; from Classical Latin ad-, to + costa, rib, side
transitive verbac·cost·ed, ac·cost·ing, ac·costs
- To approach and speak to, especially aggressively or insistently, as with a demand or request.
- To approach and speak to with the intent of having sex.
Origin of accostFrench accoster, from Old French, from Medieval Latin accostāre, to adjoin : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin costa, side; see kost- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present accosts, present participle accosting, simple past and past participle accosted)
- To approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with a demand or request.
- To speak to first; to address; to greet.
- so much [of Lapland] as accosts the sea
- To solicit sexually.