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[uh-kaw-stid, uh-kos-tid] /əˈkɔ stɪd, əˈkɒs tɪd/
adjective, Heraldry.
(of animals) represented as side by side:
two dolphins accosted.
Origin of accosted
1600-10; accost + -ed2
Related forms
unaccosted, adjective


[uh-kawst, uh-kost] /əˈkɔst, əˈkɒst/
verb (used with object)
to confront boldly:
The beggar accosted me for money.
to approach, especially with a greeting, question, or remark.
(of prostitutes, procurers, etc.) to solicit for sexual purposes.
a greeting.
1570-80; < Late Latin accostāre to be or put side by side. See ac-, coast
Related forms
accostable, adjective
unaccostable, adjective Unabridged
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  • Kenseth, though, wasn't very surprised when Edwards accosted him shortly after the race.
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  • Meanwhile her mother had accosted the physician.
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  • You risk getting accosted in the cafeteria for ordering a salad with French dressing.
British Dictionary definitions for accosted


(transitive) to approach, stop, and speak to (a person), as to ask a question, accuse of a crime, solicit sexually, etc
(rare) a greeting
Derived Forms
accostable, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin accostāre to place side by side, from Latin costa side, rib
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Word Origin and History for accosted



1570s, from Middle French accoster "move up to," from Italian accostare or directly from Late Latin accostare "come up to the side," from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + costa "rib, side" (see coast (n.)). The original notion is of fleets of warships attacking an enemy's coast. Related: Accosted; accosting.

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