1300-50; (v.) Middle Englishskowten < Old Frenchescouter, escolter, ascolter (Frenchécouter to listen) < Late Latinascultāre,Latinauscultāre to listen; see auscultate; (noun) < Middle Frenchescoute, derivative of escouter
verb (used with object)
to treat with scorn; dismiss.
to make fun of; deride; mock.
verb (used without object)
to scoff; jeer.
1595-1605; perhaps < Old Norseskūta, skūt abuse, angry words. See shout
scout bees explore an area in search of suitable sites.
We could add scout badges and sashes to go along with the offense.
Be sure to scout ahead before getting in the car, as accessibility may vary depending on the time of year.
During that conflict, they were used as scout aircraft and for bombing raids.
The scout can turn invisible and back-stab enemies, killing them instantly.
scout around for grants or research support from independent sources in your discipline, region, or area of specialty.
These kids needed a stern talking to, no doubt, along with some group punishment from the scout pack.
There are band camps and scout camps, writing camps and sports camps, boot camps and religious camps.
Instead, he said bees are guided to the food source by odor conveyed by the scout bee.
scout troop is that the scouts have adult supervision.
British Dictionary definitions for scout
a person, ship, or aircraft sent out to gain information
(military) a person or unit despatched to reconnoitre the position of the enemy
(sport) a person employed by a club to seek new players
the act or an instance of scouting
(esp at Oxford University) a college servant Compare gyp3
(obsolete) (in Britain) a patrolman of a motoring organization
(informal) a fellow or companion
to examine or observe (anything) in order to obtain information
(transitive; sometimes foll by out or up) to seek
(intransitive) to act as a scout for a sports club
(intransitive; foll by about or around) to go in search (for)
C14: from Old French ascouter to listen to, from Latin auscultāre to auscultate
(archaic) to reject (a person or thing) with contempt
C17: from Old Norse skūta derision
(sometimes not capital) a boy or (in some countries) a girl who is a member of a worldwide movement (the Scout Association) founded as the Boy Scouts in England in 1908 by Lord Baden-Powell with the aim of developing character and responsibility See also Air Scout, Girl Scout, Guide, Sea Scout, Venture Scout