Meaning of boy scout

boy' scout"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. (sometimes caps.) a member of an organization of boys founded in England in 1908 by Lieut. Gen. Sir Robert S. S. Baden-Powell, that seeks to develop certain skills in its members, as well as character, self-reliance, and usefulness to others.
  2. a member of any similar society elsewhere.
  3. a person whose good deeds, obligingness, idealism, etc., exceed normal expectations.
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