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Definition of SCOUT

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Gyp \Gyp\ (j[i^]p), n. [Said to be a sportive application of Gr. gy`ps a vulture.] A college servant; -- so called in Cambridge, England; at Oxford called a {scout}. [Cant] [1913 Webster]

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Scout \Scout\, n. [Icel. sk[=u]ta to jut out. Cf. {Scout} to reject.] A projecting rock. [Prov. Eng.] --Wright. [1913 Webster]

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Scout \Scout\ (skout), v. t. [Icel. sk[=u]ta a taunt; cf. Icel. sk[=u]ta to jut out, skota to shove, skj[=o]ta 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.
     [1913 Webster]

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Scout \Scout\, n. [OF. escoute scout, spy, fr. escouter, escolter, to listen, to hear, F. ['e]couter, 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 an enemy. [1913 Webster]

              Scouts each coast light-arm[`e]d scour, Each quarter, to descry the distant foe. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     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] [1913 Webster]

     3. (Cricket) A fielder in a game for practice. [1913 Webster]

     4. The act of scouting or reconnoitering. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

              While the rat is on the scout.        --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

     5. A boy scout or girl scout (which see, above). [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

     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. [1913 Webster]

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Scout \Scout\ (skout), n. [Icel. sk[=u]ta a small craft or cutter.] A swift sailing boat. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

           So we took a scout, very much pleased with the manner and conversation of the passengers.      --Pepys. [1913 Webster]

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Scout \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. [1913 Webster]

              Take more men,
              And scout him round.                  --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

     2. To pass over or through, as a scout; to reconnoiter; as, to scout a country. [1913 Webster]

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Scout \Scout\, v. 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. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

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251 Moby Thesaurus words for "scout":
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