- 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: French accoster ; from Italian accostare, to bring side by side ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form accostare ; from Classical Latin ad-, to plush costa, rib, side
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transitive verb ac·cost·ed, ac·cost·ing, ac·costs
- To approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with a demand or request.
- To solicit for sex.
Origin: French accoster, from Old French, from Medieval Latin accostāre, to adjoin : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin costa, side; see kost- in Indo-European roots.