scouting

[skou-ting]
noun
1.
an act or instance of reconnoitering; reconnaissance.
2.
the activities of a scout or scouts.
3.
(often initial capital letter) the program of activities of the Boy Scouts or the Girl Scouts.

Origin:
1635–45; scout1 + -ing1

scoutingly, adverb
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scout

1 [skout]
noun
1.
a soldier, warship, airplane, etc., employed in reconnoitering.
2.
a person sent out to obtain information.
3.
Sports.
a.
a person who observes and reports on the techniques, players, etc., of opposing teams.
b.
a person sent out by a team to observe and recommend new talent for recruitment.
4.
a talent scout, as in the entertainment field.
5.
an act or instance of reconnoitering, inspecting, observing, etc.
6.
(sometimes initial capital letter) a Boy Scout or Girl Scout.
7.
Informal. a person: He's a good scout.
8.
a man acting as servant to a student at Oxford University.
verb (used without object)
9.
to act as a scout; reconnoiter.
10.
to make a search; hunt.
11.
to work as a talent scout.
verb (used with object)
12.
to examine, inspect, or observe for the purpose of obtaining information; reconnoiter: to scout the enemy's defenses.
13.
to seek; search for (usually followed by out or up ): to scout up a date for Friday night.
14.
to find by seeking, searching, or looking (usually followed by out or up ): Scout out a good book for me to read.

Origin:
1300–50; (v.) Middle English skowten < Old French escouter, escolter, ascolter (French écouter to listen) < Late Latin ascultāre, Latin auscultāre to listen; see auscultate; (noun) < Middle French escoute, derivative of escouter

scout

2 [skout]
verb (used with object)
1.
to treat with scorn; dismiss.
2.
to make fun of; deride; mock.
verb (used without object)
3.
to scoff; jeer.

Origin:
1595–1605; perhaps < Old Norse skūta, skūt abuse, angry words. See shout

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scout1 (skaʊt)
 
n
1.  a person, ship, or aircraft sent out to gain information
2.  military a person or unit despatched to reconnoitre the position of the enemy
3.  sport a person employed by a club to seek new players
4.  the act or an instance of scouting
5.  Compare gyp (esp at Oxford University) a college servant
6.  obsolete (in Britain) a patrolman of a motoring organization
7.  informal a fellow or companion
 
vb
8.  to examine or observe (anything) in order to obtain information
9.  (tr; sometimes foll by out or up) to seek
10.  (intr) to act as a scout for a sports club
11.  (intr; foll by about or around) to go in search (for)
 
[C14: from Old French ascouter to listen to, from Latin auscultāre to auscultate]
 
'scouter1
 
n

scout2 (skaʊt)
 
vb
archaic to reject (a person or thing) with contempt
 
[C17: from Old Norse skūta derision]

Scout (skaʊt)
 
n
(sometimes not capital) Air Scout Girl Scout Guide Sea Scout See also Venture Scout 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

Scouting (ˈskaʊtɪŋ)
 
n
a.  the activities, programmes, principles, etc, of the Scout Association
 b.  (as modifier): the international Scouting movement

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scout
c.1300, from O.Fr. escouter "to listen, heed" (Mod.Fr. écouter), from L. auscultare "to listen to, give heed to." Noun meaning "person who scouts" first attested 1555. Boy Scout is from 1908.

scout
"to reject with scorn," 1605, of Scand. origin (cf. O.N. skuta, skute "taunt"), probably from a source related to shout.
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His early experience as an army scout led him again to scouting.
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