to examine, inspect, or observe for the purpose of obtaining information; reconnoiter:
to scout the enemy's defenses.
to seek; search for (usually followed by out or up):
to scout up a date for Friday night.
to find by seeking, searching, or looking (usually followed by out or up):
Scout out a good book for me to read.
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
His early experience as an army scout led him again to scouting.
British Dictionary definitions for scouting
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
the activities, programmes, principles, etc, of the Scout Association