scout
I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French escuter to listen, from Latin auscultare — more at auscultation Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to explore an area to obtain information (as about an enemy) 2. a. to make a search b. to work as a talent scout transitive verb 1. to observe in order to obtain information or evaluate 2. to explore in order to obtain information 3. to find by making a search II. noun Date: 1534 1. a. one sent to obtain information; especially a soldier, ship, or plane sent out in war to reconnoiter b. watchman, lookout c. talent scout 2. a. the act of scouting b. a scouting expedition ; reconnaissance 3. often capitalized a member of any of various scouting movements: as a. Boy Scout b. Girl Scout 4. individual, person — used chiefly in the phrase good scout III. verb Etymology: probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skūti taunt; akin to Old English scēotan to shoot — more at shoot Date: 1605 transitive verb 1. mock 2. to reject scornfully <
scouted his explanation as a shabby falsehood — Mark Twain
>
intransitive verb scoff

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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