Meaning of scout


Pronunciation: (skout), [key]
— n.
  1. a soldier, warship, airplane, etc., employed in reconnoitering.
  2. a person sent out to obtain information.
    1. a person who observes and reports on the techniques, players, etc., of opposing teams.
    2. a person sent out by a team to observe and recommend new talent for recruitment.
  3. a talent scout, as in the entertainment field.
  4. an act or instance of reconnoitering, inspecting, observing, etc.
  5. (sometimes cap.) a Boy Scout or Girl Scout.
  6. a person: He's a good scout.
  7. a man acting as servant to a student at Oxford University.
  1. to act as a scout; reconnoiter.
  2. to make a search; hunt.
  3. to work as a talent scout.
  1. to examine, inspect, or observe for the purpose of obtaining information; reconnoiter: to scout the enemy's defenses.
  2. to seek; search for (usually fol. by out or up): to scout up a date for Friday night.
  3. to find by seeking, searching, or looking (usually fol. by out or up): Scout out a good book for me to read.


Pronunciation: (skout), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to treat with scorn; dismiss.
  2. to make fun of; deride; mock.
  1. to scoff; jeer.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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