scout


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Scout \Scout\, n. [Icel. sk[=u]ta to jut out. Cf. Scout to
   reject.]
   A projecting rock. [Prov. Eng.] --Wright.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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            Scouts each coast light-arm[`e]d scour,
            Each quarter, to descry the distant foe. --Milton.
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   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]
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   3. (Cricket) A fielder in a game for practice.
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   4. The act of scouting or reconnoitering. [Colloq.]
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            While the rat is on the scout.        --Cowper.
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   5. A boy scout or girl scout (which see, above).
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   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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Scout \Scout\ (skout), n. [Icel. sk[=u]ta a small craft or
   cutter.]
   A swift sailing boat. [Obs.]
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         So we took a scout, very much pleased with the manner
         and conversation of the passengers.      --Pepys.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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            Take more men,
            And scout him round.                  --Beau. & Fl.
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   2. To pass over or through, as a scout; to reconnoiter; as,
      to scout a country.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Scout \Scout\, v. i.
   To go on the business of scouting, or watching the motions of
   an enemy; to act as a scout.
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         With obscure wing
         Scout far and wide into the realm of night. --Milton.
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