Definitions for: Scout

[n] a person employed to watch for something to happen
[n] someone who can find paths through unexplored territory
[n] someone employed to discover and recruit talented persons (especially in the worlds of entertainment or sports)
[v] explore, often with the goal of finding something or somebody

Webster (1913) Definition: Scout, n.
A boy scout (which see, above).

Scout (skout), n. [Icel. sk[=u]ta a small craft or
A swift sailing boat. [Obs.]

So we took a scout, very much pleased with the manner
and conversation of the passengers. --Pepys.

Scout, n. [Icel. sk[=u]ta to jut out. Cf. Scout to
A projecting rock. [Prov. Eng.] --Wright.

Scout (skout), v. t. [Icel. sk[=u]ta a taunt; cf. Icel.
sk[=u]ta to jut out, skota to shove, skj[=o]ta to shoot, to
shove. See Shoot.]
To reject with contempt, as something absurd; to treat with
ridicule; to flout; as, to scout an idea or an apology.
``Flout 'em and scout 'em.'' --Shak.

Scout, n. [OF. escoute scout, spy, fr. escouter,
escolter, to listen, to hear, F. ['e]couter, fr. L.
auscultare, to hear with attention, to listen to. See
1. A person sent out to gain and bring in tidings;
especially, one employed in war to gain information of the
movements and condition of an enemy.

Scouts each coast light-arm[`e]d scour, Each
quarter, to descry the distant foe. --Milton.

2. A college student's or undergraduate's servant; -- so
called in Oxford, England; at Cambridge called a gyp; and
at Dublin, a skip. [Cant]

3. (Cricket) A fielder in a game for practice.

4. The act of scouting or reconnoitering. [Colloq.]

While the rat is on the scout. --Cowper.

Syn: Scout, Spy.

Usage: In a military sense a scout is a soldier who does duty
in his proper uniform, however hazardous his
adventure. A spy is one who in disguise penetrates the
enemies' lines, or lurks near them, to obtain

Scout, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Scouted; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To observe, watch, or look for, as a scout; to follow for
the purpose of observation, as a scout.

Take more men, And scout him round. --Beau. & Fl.

2. To pass over or through, as a scout; to reconnoiter; as,
to scout a country.

Scout, v. i.
To go on the business of scouting, or watching the motions of
an enemy; to act as a scout.

With obscure wing Scout far and wide into the realm of
night. --Milton.

Synonyms: guide, lookout, lookout man, pathfinder, picket, reconnoiter, reconnoitre, sentinel, sentry, spotter, talent scout, watch

See Also: expert, hunting guide, observe, recruiter, security guard, watcher, watchman

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