- The definition of a scout is someone sent out to get information, or a member of the Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts.
- An example of a scout is a spy.
- An example of a scout is a person in a Brownie troop.
- Scout is defined as to explore or observe.
An example of scout is to look for basketball players to join a college team.
- a soldier, ship, or plane sent to spy out the strength, movements, etc. of the enemy
- ⌂ a person sent out to observe the tactics of an opponent, to search out new talent, etc.: a baseball scout
- a member of the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts
- the act of reconnoitering
- Slang fellow; guy
Origin of scoutMiddle English scoute ; from Old French escoute ; from escouter, escolter, to hear ; from Vulgar Latin ascultare, for Classical Latin auscultare, to listen: see auscultation
- to follow closely so as to spy upon
- to look for; watch
- to find or get by looking around: often with out, up
- to go out in search of information about the enemy; reconnoiter
- to go in search of something; hunt: scout around for some firewood
- ⌂ to work as a scout ()
Origin of scoutprobably via dialect, dialectal ; from Old Norse skuti, a taunt, term of abuse, akin to shout
verbscout·ed, scout·ing, scouts
- To spy on or explore carefully in order to obtain information; reconnoiter.
- To observe and evaluate (a talented person), as for possible hiring.
- To search as a scout: scout around for some gossip.
- To search for talented people: scouts for a professional basketball team.
- a. One that is dispatched from a main body to gather information, especially in preparation for military action.b. The act of reconnoitering.
- A watcher or sentinel.
- One who is employed to discover and recruit talented persons, especially in the fields of sports and entertainment.
- Sports One who is employed to observe and report on the strategies and players of rival teams.
- often Scouta. A member of the Boy Scouts.b. A member of the Girl Scouts.
- Informal An individual; a person: a good scout.
- Chiefly British A student's male servant at Oxford University.
Origin of scoutFrom Middle English scoute, act of watching or spying, from Old French escoute, from escouter, to listen, alteration of ascouter, from Vulgar Latin *ascultare, alteration of Latin auscultare; see ous- in Indo-European roots.
transitive verbscout·ed, scout·ing, scouts
Origin of scoutOf Scandinavian origin; see skeud- in Indo-European roots.
- A member of any of various scouting organizations.
- A member of one of several army units, such as the Selous Scouts or the Arunachal Scouts.
- A nickname, used for both genders.