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The term Scout originally referred to a soldier performing reconnaissance & support duties – in English it is used in many other contexts – including the following:



Automotive and rail


Land military

Space applications


  • HMS Scout, the name of various British Royal Navy ships
  • USS Scout, the name of various United States Navy ships

Youth movement

Military units


See also

1911 encyclopedia

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From LoveToKnow 1911

SCOUT (from O. Fr. escouter, mod. ecouter, Lat. auscultare, to listen), a soldier sent out to watch the enemy and bring information of his numbers, movements, whereabouts, &c. The name has also been applied to a particular class of light speedy cruisers in the British navy. After the South African War of 1899-1902, the importance of military scouting received much attention in England in consequence of the prominence given to it by Major-General Baden-Powell, of Mafeking fame. Under the latter's auspices an unofficial attempt to foster the qualities required was made by the institution of the Boy Scouts, a voluntary organization which, starting in 1908, had by 1910 enrolled many hundreds of thousands of boys throughout the United Kingdom, with branches overseas.

Various birds of the auk family, such as the guillemot and the puffin, are known as "scouts." The name is also given colloquially to college servants at Oxford and Harvard Universities. It then answers to the "gyp" of Cambridge, Trinity College, Dublin, and Durham, which has been variously explained as short for "gipsy," as taken from 714', vulture, from a supposed reference to a grasping character, or as representing an old word "gippo" (Fr. jupeau, tunic), used of a scullion or kitchen servant.

In the above senses, "scout" must be distinguished from the word meaning to flout, or reject with ridicule and scorn,, which is derived from the Icel. ski ta, taunt, jeer.

In the military sense, see Sir R. S. Baden-Powell, Scouting, and Scouting for Boys. The Boy Scouts' movement in England has official papers in the weekly Scout and monthly Headquarters Gazette.

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Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

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scout (plural scouts)

  1. (dated) A swift sailing boat.
  2. (archaic) A projecting rock.
  3. A person sent out to gain and bring in tidings; especially, one employed in war to gain information about the enemy and ground.
  4. The act of scouting or reconnoitering.
  5. A member of any number of youth organizations belonging to the international scout movement, such as the Boy Scouts of America or Girl Scouts of the United States.
  6. A person who assesses and/or recruits others; especially, one who identifies promising talent on behalf of a sports team.
  7. (British) A college student's or undergraduate's servant; -- so called in Oxford, England; at Cambridge called a gyp; and at Dublin, a skip.
  8. (British) A fielder in a game for practice.
  9. (historical), (British) A term used until 1920's of a fighter aircraft.



to scout

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

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to scout (third-person singular simple present scouts, present participle scouting, simple past and past participle scouted)

  1. (obsolete) To reject with contempt, as something absurd; to treat with ridicule; to flout; as, to scout an idea or an apology.
  2. To explore a wide terrain, as on a search.

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scout m. inv.

  1. scout; a member of the international scout movement.


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Inflection for scout Singular Plural
common Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Base form scout scouten scouter scouterna
Possessive form scouts scoutens scouters scouternas

scout c.

  1. scout; a member of the international scout movement.

Simple English

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