scout (v.1)

late 14c., scouten, "observe or explore as a scout, travel in search of information," from Middle English scout-watch "sentinel, guard" (compare scout (n.)) or else Old French escouter "to listen, to heed" (Modern French écouter), from Latin auscultare "to listen to, give heed to" (see auscultate). Related: Scouted; scouting.

scout (v.2)

"to reject (something) with scorn," 1710, earlier "to mock, ridicule, treat with disdain and contempt" (c. 1600, now obsolete), of Scandinavian origin (compare Old Norse skuta, skute "to taunt"), from skotja "to shoot" (on the notion of a "shooting of words"), which according to Watkins is from a Proto-Germanic *skut- from PIE root *skeud- "to shoot, chase, throw." also source of shout (v.). Compare Middle English scoute (n.) "a wretch, rascal, rogue" (male or female), attested from late 14c. Related: Scouted; scouting; scoutingly.

scout (n.)

"person who scouts, one sent out to gain and bring in information," 1550s, from scout (v.1). Scout-watch  (late 14c.) was an old word for "sentinel, guard." Boy Scout is from 1908, as is Scout for a shortening of it. Scout's honor in reference to Boy Scouting is attested from 1908.

updated on February 21, 2022

Definitions of scout from WordNet
scout (n.)
a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event;
Synonyms: lookout / lookout man / sentinel / sentry / watch / spotter / picket
scout (n.)
someone employed to discover and recruit talented persons (especially in the worlds of entertainment or sports);
Synonyms: talent scout
scout (n.)
someone who can find paths through unexplored territory;
Synonyms: pathfinder / guide
scout (v.)
explore, often with the goal of finding something or somebody;
Synonyms: reconnoiter / reconnoitre
Scout (n.)
a Boy Scout or Girl Scout;
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