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1 a person employed to watch for something to happen [syn: lookout, lookout man, sentinel, sentry, watch, spotter, picket]
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]

User Contributed Dictionary

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  1. A swift sailing boat.
  2. 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. A college student's or undergraduate's servant; -- so called in Oxford, England; at Cambridge called a gyp; and at Dublin, a skip.
  8. A fielder in a game for practice.
  9. , A term used until 1920's of a fighter aircraft.


person sent out to gain and bring in tidings
  • Finnish: tiedustelija
  • Italian: esploratore
  • Japanese: 斥候
act of scouting
  • Finnish: tiedustelu, partiointi
  • Italian: ricognizione
  • Japanese: スカウト
member of the scout movement
  • Danish: spejder
  • Esperanto: skolta
  • Faroese: skóti
  • Finnish: partiolainen
  • German: Pfadfinder
  • Italian: Scout
  • Japanese: スカウト
  • Swedish: scout
one who identifies promising talent


  1. 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.
to explore a wide terrain
  • Finnish: partioida



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




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

Extensive Definition

Scout may refer to:
In transportation
scout in German: Scout
scout in Italian: Scout
scout in Japanese: スカウト
scout in Dutch: Scout
scout in Russian: Скаут

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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