Accost meaning

ə-kôst, ə-kŏst
To approach and speak to; greet first, before being greeted, esp. in an intrusive way.
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To approach and speak to, especially aggressively or insistently, as with a demand or request.
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To approach and speak to with the intent of having sex.
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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.

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To solicit for sexual purposes.
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So much [of Lapland] as accosts the sea.

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(rare) Address; greeting.

noun
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To approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with a demand or request.
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To speak to first; to address; to greet.
verb
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To solicit sexually.
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Origin of accost

  • French accoster from Old French from Medieval Latin accostāre to adjoin Latin ad- ad- Latin costa side kost- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French accoster, from Vulgar Latin accosto (“to come alongside someone”), from ad (“near”) + costa (“rib, side”)

    From Wiktionary

  • First attested in the 1570's.

    From Wiktionary