Scout (skout), v. t. [Icel.
skūta a taunt; cf. Icel. skūta to jut out,
skota to shove, skjōta to shoot, to shove. See
Shoot.] To reject with contempt, as something absurd; to
treat with ridicule; to flout; as, to scout an idea or an
apology. "Flout 'em and scout 'em." Shak.
Scout, v. i. To go on the business
of scouting, or watching the motions of an enemy; to act as a
With obscure wing
Scout far and wide into the realm of night.
Scout, v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Scouted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Scouting.] 1. To observe, watch, or look
for, as a scout; to follow for the purpose of observation, as a
Take more men, Beau. & Fl.
And scout him round.
2. To pass over or through, as a scout; to
reconnoiter; as, to scout a country.
Scout, n. [OF. escoute scout,
spy, fr. escouter, escolter, to listen, to hear, F.
écouter, fr. L. auscultare, to hear with
attention, to listen to. See Auscultation.] 1.
A person sent out to gain and bring in tidings; especially, one
employed in war to gain information of the movements and condition of
Scouts each coast light-armèd scour,
Each quarter, to descry the distant foe.
2. A college student's or undergraduate's
servant; -- so called in Oxford, England; at Cambridge called a
gyp; and at Dublin, a skip. [Cant]
3. (Cricket) A fielder in a game for
4. The act of scouting or
While the rat is on the scout.
Syn. -- Scout, Spy. -- In a military sense a
scout is a soldier who does duty in his proper uniform, however
hazardous his adventure. A spy is one who in disguise
penetrates the enemies' lines, or lurks near them, to obtain
Scout, n. A boy scout (which see,
Scout, n. [Icel. skūta to
jut out. Cf. Scout to reject.] A projecting rock.
[Prov. Eng.] Wright.
Scout (skout), n. [Icel.
skūta a small craft or cutter.] A swift sailing
So we took a scout, very much pleased with the
manner and conversation of the passengers.