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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Verb (transitive), Verb (intransitive)


Noun scout has 4 senses

Verb scout has 1 sense


scoutn. [Icel. sk a small craft or cutter.].
     A swift sailing boat.  [1913 Webster]
    "So we took a scout, very much pleased with the manner and conversation of the passengers."  [1913 Webster]
scoutn. [Icel. sk to jut out. Cf. Scout to reject.].
     A projecting rock.  Wright.  [1913 Webster]
scoutv. t. [Icel. sk a taunt; cf. Icel. sk to jut out, skota to shove, skj 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.  Shak.  [1913 Webster]
scoutn. [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.].
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
    "Scouts each coast light-armèd scour,
    Each quarter, to descry the distant foe.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  A college student's or undergraduate's servant; -- so called in Oxford, England; at Cambridge called a gyp; and at Dublin, a skip.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A fielder in a game for practice.  [1913 Webster]
  •  The act of scouting or reconnoitering.  [1913 Webster]
    "While the rat is on the scout."  [1913 Webster]
  •  A boy scout or girl scout (which see, above).  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Syn. -- Scout, Spy.
scoutv. t. 
  •  To observe, watch, or look for, as a scout; to follow for the purpose of observation, as a scout.  [1913 Webster]
    "Take more men,
    And scout him round.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  To pass over or through, as a scout; to reconnoiter; as, to scout a country.  [1913 Webster]
scoutv. i. 
     To go on the business of scouting, or watching the motions of an enemy; to act as a scout.  [1913 Webster]
    "With obscure wing
    Scout far and wide into the realm of night.
    "  [1913 Webster]


scout, n. & v.
1 a person, esp. a soldier, sent out to get information about the enemy's position, strength, etc.
2 the act of seeking (esp. military) information (on the scout).
3 = talent-scout.
4 (Scout) a member of the Scout Association, a boys' association intended to develop character esp. by open-air activities.
5 a college servant, esp. at Oxford University.
6 colloq. a person; a fellow.
7 a ship or aircraft designed for reconnoitring, esp. a small fast aircraft.
1 intr. act as a scout.
2 intr. (foll. by about, around) make a search.
3 tr. (often foll. by out) colloq. explore to get information about (territory etc.).

Queen's (or King's) Scout a Scout who has reached the highest standard of proficiency.
scouter n. scouting n.
scout, v.tr. reject (an idea etc.) with scorn.

Scand.: cf. ON sk{uacute}ta, sk{uacute}ti taunt



Argus, CIA man, Charley, abhor, abjure, advance guard, airhead, airplane spotter, ancestor, announcer, antecedent, avant-garde, barrack, battle line, be vigilant, be watchful, beachhead, bellwether, bridgehead, brush aside, buccinator, bug, bushwhacker, case, chaff, check out, chuck, chuck out, cloak-and-dagger operative, contemn, contradict, counterintelligence agent, counterspy, course, cover, cut at, decline, deny, deride, despise, dig at, dig out, dig up, disapprove, discard, disclaim, discount, discover, disdain, dismiss, disown, disregard, do, double agent, dump on, espionage agent, examine, except, exclude, explore, explorer, eye, eyeball, farthest outpost, ferret out, find, fire patrolman, fire warden, fireguard, first line, fish out, fleer, flout, follow, forebear, forefront, foregoer, forerunner, forswear, forward observer, front, front line, front rank, front runner, front-runner, frontiersman, fugleman, gaze at, gibe, go over, groundbreaker, grub up, guide, harbinger, have a looksee, herald, hold in derision, hold in view, hunt out, ignore, innovator, inside man, inspect, intelligence agent, investigate, jab, jab at, jape, jeer, keep in sight, keep in view, keep under observation, laugh at, laugh to scorn, lead runner, leader, line, locate, look after, look at, look on, look over, look upon, lookout, lookout man, lout, make a reconnaissance, measure, messenger, military-intelligence man, mock, naval-intelligence man, night watchman, observe, operative, outguard, outpost, overpass, pass by, pass over, pass through, pass up, pathfinder, patrol, patroller, patrolman, peep, perambulate, peregrinate, pererrate, picket, pioneer, play the spy, ply, point, pooh, pooh-pooh, precedent, precursor, predecessor, probe, pry out, push aside, put down, put under surveillance, quiz, rail at, railhead, rally, range, range over, rank out, razz, rebuff, recant, reconnoiter, reconnoiterer, refuse, refuse to consider, regard, reject, renounce, repel, repudiate, repulse, research, revile, ridicule, root out, roundsman, scoff, scoff at, scorn, scorn to receive, scour, scour the country, scout out, search out, secret agent, sentinel, sentry, set at defiance, shove away, slam, slap at, slight, slight over, sneer, sneer at, spearhead, spit upon, spotter, spurn, spy, spy out, spy upon, spy-catcher, stake out, stormy petrel, study, survey, sweep, swipe, taunt, throw away, throw out, track, trailblazer, trailbreaker, transit, travel over, travel through, traverse, treat with contempt, turn away, turn out, twit, uncover, undercover man, van, vanguard, vaunt-courier, vedette, view, voortrekker, voyage, waive, watch, watcher, watchkeeper, watchman




VB reject, set aside, lay aside, give up, decline, exclude, except, pluck, spin, cast, repudiate, scout, set at naught, fling to the winds, fling to the dogs, fling overboard, fling away, cast to the winds, cast to the dogs, cast overboard, cast away, throw to the winds, throw to the dogs, throw overboard, throw away, toss to the winds, toss to the dogs, toss overboard, toss away, send to the right about, disclaim, discard.


N safety, security, surety, impregnability, invulnerability, invulnerableness, danger past, danger over, storm blown over, coast clear, escape, means of escape, blow valve, safety valve, release valve, sniffing valve, safeguard, palladium, guardianship, wardship, wardenship, tutelage, custody, safekeeping, preservation, protection, auspices, safe-conduct, escort, convoy, guard, shield, guardian angel, tutelary god, tutelary deity, tutelary saint, genius loci, protector, guardian, warden, warder, preserver, custodian, duenna, chaperon, third person, watchdog, bandog, Cerberus, watchman, patrolman, policeman, cop, dick, fuzz, smokey, peeler, zarp, sentinel, sentry, scout, garrison, guardship, refuge &c, anchor, precaution, quarantine, cordon sanitaire, confidence, protect, take care of, preserve, cover, screen, shelter, shroud, flank, ward, guard, secure, entrench, intrench, fence round, house, nestle, ensconce, take charge of, escort, convoy, garrison, watch, mount guard, patrol, make assurance doubly sure, take up a loose thread, take precautions, double reef topsails, seek safety, take shelter, find shelter, Adj, safe, secure, sure, in safety, in security, on the safe side, under the shield of, under the shade of, under the wing of, under the shadow of one's wing, under cover, under lock and key, out of danger, out of the woods, out of the meshes, out of harm's way, unharmed, unscathed, on sure ground, at anchor, high and dry, above water, unthreatened, unmolested, protected, cavendo tutus, panoplied, snug, seaworthy, weatherproof, waterproof, fireproof, defensible, tenable, proof against, invulnerable, unassailable, unattackable, impenetrable, impregnable, imperdible, inexpugnable, Achillean, safe and sound, scathless, unhazarded, not dangerous, unthreatening, harmless, friendly (cooperative), protecting, protective, guardian, tutelary, preservative, trustworthy, ex abundanti cautela, with impunity, all's well, salva res est, suave mari magno, a couvert, e terra alterius spectare laborem, Dieu vous garde.


N warning, early warning, caution, caveat, notice, premonition, premonishment, prediction, contraindication, lesson, dehortation, admonition, monition, alarm, handwriting on the wall, mene mene tekel upharsin, red flag, yellow flag, fog-signal, foghorn, siren, monitor, warning voice, Cassandra, signs of the times, Mother Cary's chickens, stormy petrel, bird of ill omen, gathering clouds, clouds in the horizon, death watch, watchtower, beacon, signal post, lighthouse, sentinel, sentry, watch, watchman, watch and ward, watchdog, bandog, housedog, patrol, patrolman, vedette, picket, bivouac, scout, spy, spial, undercover agent, mole, plainclothesman, advanced guard, rear guard, lookout, cautiousness, monitor, guard camera, radar, AWACS, spy satellite, spy-in-the- sky, U2 plane, spy plane, warning, premonitory, monitory, cautionary, admonitory, admonitive, sematic, warned, forewarned, on one's guard, in terrorem, Int, beware!, ware!, take care!, look out!, fore (golf), mind what you are about!, take care what you are about!, mind!, ne reveillez pas le chat qui dort, don't wake a sleeping cat, foenum habet in cornu, caveat actor, le silence du people est la legon des rois, verbum sat sapienti, a word to the wise is sufficient, un averti en vaut deux.


N front, fore, forepart, foreground, face, disk, disc, frontage, facade, proscenium, facia, frontispiece, anteriority, obverse (of a medal or coin), fore rank, front rank, van, vanguard, advanced guard, outpost, first line, scout, brow, forehead, visage, physiognomy, phiz, countenance, mut, rostrum, beak, bow, stem, prow, prore, jib, pioneer, metoposcopy, fore, anterior, front, frontal, before, in front, in the van, in advance, ahead, right ahead, forehead, foremost, in the foreground, in the lee of, before one's face, before one's eyes, face to face, vis-a-vis, front a front, formosa muta commendatio est, frons est animi janua, Human face divine, imago animi vultus est indices oculi, sea of upturned faces.


VB hold in disrespect, misprize, disregard, slight, trifle with, set at naught, pass by, push aside, overlook, turn one's back upon, laugh in one's sleeve, be disrespectful, be discourteous, treat with disrespect, set down, put down, browbeat, dishonor, desecrate, insult, affront, outrage, speak slightingly of, disparage, vilipend, vilify, call names, throw dirt, fling dirt, drag through the mud, point at, indulge in personalities, make mouths, make faces, bite the thumb, take by the beard, pluck by the beard, toss in a blanket, tar and feather, have in derision, hold in derision, deride, scoff, barrack, sneer, laugh at, snigger, ridicule, gibe, mock, jeer, hiss, hoot, taunt, twit, niggle, gleek, gird, flout, fleer, roast, turn into ridicule, burlesque, laugh to scorn, smoke, fool, make game of, make a fool of, make an April fool of, play a practical joke, lead one a dance, run the rig upon, have a fling at, scout, mob.


VB despise, contemn, scorn, disdain, feel contempt for, view with a scornful eye, disregard, slight, not mind, pass by, look down upon, hold cheap, hold in contempt, hold in disrespect, think nothing of, think small beer of, make light of, underestimate, esteem slightly, esteem of small or no account, take no account of, care nothing for, set no store by, not care a straw, sneeze at, set at naught, laugh in one's sleeve, laugh up one's sleeve, snap one's fingers at, shrug one's shoulders, turn up one's nose at, pooh-pooh, damn with faint praise, whistle at, sneer at, curl up one's lip, toss the head, traiter de haut enbas, laugh at, point the finger of scorn, hold up to scorn, laugh to scorn, scout, hoot, flout, hiss, scoff at, turn one's back upon, turn a cold shoulder upon, tread upon, trample upon, trample under foot, spurn, kick, fling to the winds, send away with a flea in the ear.


N experiment, essay, analysis, screen, trial, tentative method, t=atonnement, verification, probation, experimentum crucis, proof, (demonstration), criterion, diagnostic, test, probe, crucial test, acid test, litmus test, crucible, reagent, check, touchstone, pix, assay, ordeal, ring, litmus paper, curcuma paper, turmeric paper, test tube, analytical instruments, empiricism, rule of thumb, feeler, trial balloon, pilot balloon, messenger balloon, pilot engine, scout, straw to show the wind, speculation, random shot, leap in the dark, analyzer, analyst, assayist, adventurer, experimenter, experimentist, experimentalist, scientist, engineer, technician, subject, experimentee, guinea pig, experimental animal, protocol, experimental method, blind experiment, double-blind experiment, controlled experiment, poll, survey, opinion poll, epidemiological survey, retrospective analysis, retrospective survey, prospective survey, prospective analysis, statistical analysis, literature search, library research, tryout, audition, discovery, measurement, evidence, deduction, induction, abduction, experimental, empirical, probative, probatory, probationary, provisional, analytic, docimastic, tentative, unverified, unproven, speculative, untested, on trial, under examination, on probation, under probation, on one's trial, on approval, check it out, give it a try, see how it goes, Run it up the flagpole and see who salutes.


N messenger, envoy, emissary, legate, nuncio, internuncio, ambassador, marshal, flag bearer, herald, crier, trumpeter, bellman, pursuivant, parlementaire, apparitor, courier, runner, dak, estafette, Mercury, Iris, Ariel, commissionaire, errand boy, chore boy, newsboy, mail, overnight mail, express mail, next-day delivery, post, post office, letter bag, delivery service, United Parcel Service, UPS, Federal Express, Fedex, telegraph, telephone, cable, wire (electronic information transmission), carrier pigeon, (news) 532 reporter, gentleman of the press, representative of the press, penny-a-liner, special correspondent, own correspondent, spy, scout, informer.

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