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 scout.
Take more men,
And scout him round. --Beau. & Fl.
2. To pass over or through, as a scout; to reconnoiter; as, to scout a country.
Scout, v. i. To go on the business of scouting, or watching the motions of an enemy; to act as a scout.
With obscure wing
Scout far and wide into the realm of night. --Milton.
Scout n. A swift sailing boat. [Obs.]
So we took a scout, very much pleased with the manner and conversation of the passengers. --Pepys.
Scout, n. A projecting rock. [Prov. Eng.]
Scout v. t. 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.”
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 an enemy.
Scouts each coast light-armèd scour,
Each quarter, to descry the distant foe. --Milton.
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 practice.
4. The act of scouting or reconnoitering. [Colloq.]
While the rat is on the scout. --Cowper.
5. A boy scout or girl scout (which see, above).
Syn: -- Scout, Spy.
Usage: 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 information.
n 1: a person employed to watch for something to happen [syn: lookout,
lookout man, sentinel, sentry, watch, spotter,
2: someone employed to discover and recruit talented persons
(especially in the worlds of entertainment or sports)
[syn: talent scout]
3: someone who can find paths through unexplored territory
[syn: pathfinder, guide]
v : explore, often with the goal of finding something or
somebody [syn: reconnoiter, reconnoitre]