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Definition of the noun scout

What does scout mean as a name of something?

noun - plural:

  • scout: scouts
  • Scout: Scouts

  1. a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event
  2. a Boy Scout or Girl Scout
  3. someone employed to discover and recruit talented persons (especially in the worlds of entertainment or sports)
  4. someone who can find paths through unexplored territory
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonyms of scout: guide / pathfinder
    • more generic word: expert = a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully
    • more specific terms:
      • hunting guide = guide to people hunting in unfamiliar territory
      • trailblazer = someone who marks a trail by leaving blazes on trees
    • instance: Sacagawea / Sacajawea = the Shoshone guide and interpreter who guided the Lewis and Clark expedition part of the way

Alternative definition of the noun scout


  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.

Specialised definition of the noun scout

Glossary of sports

somebody whose job is to search for people who have exceptional abilities and recruit them for professional work (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb scout

What does scout mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: scouted | scouting | scouts

  1. explore, often with the goal of finding something or somebody
    • examples: The men scout the area for animals | The men scout for animals in the area
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Location] for [Theme]I hunted the woods for game | I searched the cave for treasure | I stalked the woods for game | We rummaged the drawer for important documents
      [Agent - being] [Verb] for [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Location]I searched for treasure in the cave
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location]I searched through America
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location] for [Theme]I searched in the cave for treasure

      Verbs of Searching (with the same syntax): advertise, check, comb, dive, drag, dredge, excavate, patrol, plumb, probe, prospect, prowl, quarry, rake, rifle, scavenge, scour, search, shop, sift, trawl, troll, watch.

    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonyms of scout: reconnoiter / reconnoitre
    • more generic word: observe = watch attentively

Specialised definition of the verb scout

Glossary of sports

to look for talented players for a sports team (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


  1. Scout: A Scout is a boy or a girl, usually 11 to 18 years of age, participating in the worldwide Scouting movement. Because of the large age and development span, many Scouting associations have split this age group into a junior and a senior section. Scouts are organized into troops averaging twenty to thirty Scouts under guidance of one or more Scout Leaders. Troops subdivide into patrols of about six Scouts and engage in outdoor and special interest activities. Troops may affiliate with local, national, and international organizations. Some national Scouting associations have special interest programs such as Air Scouts, Sea Scouts, outdoor high adventure, Scouting bands, and rider scouts. Some troops, especially in Europe, have been co-educational since the 1970s, allowing boys and girls to work together as Scouts.
  2. Scout is a fictional character from the 2012 film Moonrise Kingdom.
  3. Scout is a fictional character from the 2011 film Forced Entry.
  4. Scout is a fictional character in the 2001 film They Call Me Sirr.
  5. Scout is a fictional character from the 1995 film First Knight.
  6. Scout is a fictional character from the 2012 movie Isolate.
  7. Scout is a fictional character from the 1977 film Joseph Andrews.
  8. Scout: Andy is a fictional character in the 2000 comedy crime film Chain of Fools.
  9. Scout is a fictional character from the 2011 film Magic City Memoirs.
  10. Scout is a fictional character from the 1958 film Tonka.
  11. Scout is a fictional character from the 2008 film 3 Days Gone.
  12. Scout is a fictional character from the 2012 film Strings.

There are other characters with in their name, like Boy Scout, Cub Scout, Girl Scout, Scout Finch and Talent Scout.


  1. "Scout" a.k.a. "The Scout" is a 1994 comedy film starring Brendan Fraser and Albert Brooks and directed by Michael Ritchie, the director of The Bad News Bears.
  2. "Scout" is a 1987 TV Series directed by Danny Boyle.
  3. "Scout" is a 2007 comedy/drama/romance film written and directed by Kim Hyeon-seok.
    • also known as Seu-ka-woo-teu
    • country: South Korea
    • genres: Comedy, Romance Film, Sports, Drama
    • released on (7 years ago)
    • award:
      • PaekSang Arts Award for Best Screenplay nomination for Kim Hyeon-Seok
      • PaekSang Arts Award for Best Leading Actor in Film nomination for Im Chang-jung
      • PaekSang Arts Award for Best Screenplay, received by Kim Hyeon-Seok
      • PaekSang Arts Award for Best Leading Actor in Film, received by Im Chang-jung


  1. "Scout" a.k.a. "Plastun" is a musical album of DDT.
  2. "Scout" is a composition, cataloged instance.


  1. Scout a.k.a. Jessica Raskin is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as Susie Q in the John Waters film Cry-Baby.
  2. Scout a.k.a. Scott Norris is a film actor.
  3. Scout a.k.a. Samantha Heyman is an actress.
  4. Scout is an actor.

There are other people with in their name, like Scout Alter, Scout Moore, Scout Cripps, Scout Powell, Scout Raskin, Scout McNealy, Scout Niblett, Scout Shannon, Scout Cloud Lee, Scout Masterson and many others.


  1. Scout is a musical group.
    • albums: "It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time", "Pi"
  2. Scout is a musical group.
    • album: "The Day After EP"

There are other groups with in their name, like I Was A Cub Scout and National Scout and Guide Symphony Orchestra.


  1. Scout is a travel website which launched in September 2009. The site searches selected databases and other sources of information on the web focused on 400 categories of things to do while traveling. Signed in users may also share their results utilizing the Facebook connect applications programming interface. The website services are free to users and the website is supported by an advertising business model and partner distribution model.
  2. Scout is a make of automobile produced by International Harvester.


Scout appeared in the 2010 film Flicka 2.


  1. The Scout family of rockets were American launch vehicles designed to place small satellites into orbit around the Earth. The Scout multistage rocket was the first orbital launch vehicle to be entirely composed of solid fuel stages.
  2. Scout: A football scout attends football matches on the behalf of clubs to collect intelligence. Primarily, there are two types of scouts: player scouts and tactical scouts. Player scouts or talent scouts evaluate the talent of footballers with a view to signing them on a professional contract for their employers. Some scouts focus on discovering promising young players and future stars, others are employed to run the rule on potential signings.
  3. Scout is an autonomous robotic boat designed to complete the first autonomous transatlantic crossing. The project was started by Tiverton students Dylan Rodriguez and Max Kramers in 2010 with the goal of creating an autonomous craft to make the journey from Rhode Island to Sanlucar de Barrameda, Spain. After several iterations, Scout's first transatlantic attempt was launched from Sakonnet Point on June 29, 2013 but unfavourable weather conditions forced the team to recover the craft the same day. A second launch was made July 4, 2013 but after two days a technical failure forced another recovery effort and a redesign of parts of the vessel.
  4. Scout: The term scout, as a description of a class of military aircraft, came into use shortly before the First World War, and initially referred to a fast, light unarmed reconnaissance aircraft. "Scout" types were generally adaptations of pre-war racing aircraft – although at least one was specifically designed for the role. At this stage the possibility of air-to-air combat was considered highly speculative, and the speed of these aircraft relative to their contemporaries was seen as an advantage in gaining immunity from ground fire and in the ability to deliver timely reconnaissance reports.
  5. Scout is a TV program.
  6. Scout is a comic book series starting in 1985 by American writer, artist and musician Timothy Truman. It was published by Eclipse Comics.
  7. The Scout was one of the named passenger trains of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. It started as train Nos. 1 & 10 between Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California. Inaugurated on January 16, 1916, this "budget" heavyweight train had tourist sleeping cars with upper and lower berths, "chair" cars and an open-end observation car.
  8. Scout is a research operating system developed at the University of Arizona. It is communication-oriented and designed around the constraints of network-connected devices like set-top boxes.
  9. Scout is an aircraft type.

Phrases with Scout

Phrases starting with the word Scout:

  1. scout car
  2. scout out
  3. scout group
  4. scout troop

Phrases ending with the word Scout:

  1. boy scout
  2. cub scout
  3. Sea Scout
  4. girl scout
  5. eagle scout
  6. talent scout

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Scout

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Google previewOld Shatterhand - Genesis (A Winnetou Story Collection)

The Scout is the most developed work within the genesis of May's body of Old West work presented here; readers who specifically...

Google previewCelebrity Biographies - The Amazing Life Of Steven Spielberg and Tony Scott - Biography Series

by Matt Green

Scott's next movie was the trendy adventure movie THE LAST BOY SCOUT ( 1991) showcasing Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans and in black and white by Shane Black. The Last Boy Scout is a 1991 action film starring Bruce Willis as a former ...

Google previewFind (and Keep) Top Talent for Your Business (Collection) (2013)

by Vince Thompson, David I. Russo, Rusty Rueff, Hank Stringer, Cathy Fyock, Martha I. Finney

The Scout is the ignited manager who understands the power of the fourth Ignition Point—the Landscape. The Landscape is the outside world in which our companies operate—a world of customers, suppliers, competitors, and countless ...

Google previewEngland's 100 Best Views (2013)

by Simon Jenkins

From White Brow Hill Kinder Scout is the high gritstone plateau that forms the summit of the Dark (or High) Peak. Its long escarpment overlooking Cheshire and Lancashire long stood as a tantalising magnet for millions living and working in the ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia and Dictionary of Education (1921)

A Comprehensive, Practical and Authoritative Guide on All Matters Connected with Education, Including Educational Principles and Practice, Various Types of Teaching Institutions, and Educational Systems Throughout the World by Foster Watson


Google previewA Dictionary of Derivations, Or, An Introduction to Etymology, on a New Plan (1872)

by Robert Sullivan

SCOUT. From the old French escoute, as in the following passage from Froissart : — " Et envoyer ESCOUTES demi lieue loing de la ville, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Space Age (2010)

by Paul Dickson

Scout(launch vehicle). Smallest ofthe basic launch vehicles. Scout was designed at NASA's Langley Research Center as a reliable, relatively inexpensive launch vehicle for high-altitude probes, reentry experiments, and small-satellite ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Indianapolis (1994)

by David J. Bodenhamer, Robert G. Barrows

The first scout executive of the council was F O. Belzer, who served until 1940 and after whom Camp Belzer in northeast- em Marion County is named. Homer T . Gratz succeeded Belzer but served for only six months before being drafted.

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Small photo of Symbol of Scout movement at Fortaleza El Coyotepe fortress near Masaya, NicaraguaSmall photo of BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - MAY 20, 2012: A stamp printed in Hungary shows scouts, leadership training, centenary of the foundation of the Hungarian Scout Association, 2012Small photo of Comoros - stamp printed 1982, Multicolor memorable Edition of offset printing with Topic Scouts, Series 75 Years of Scouting, Scout boatSmall photo of Two scouts are reading a book Scout Promise and Law in the woods.Small photo of Scout honor hand gesture on blurred scouts camping background.Small photo of new scout suit for sellSmall photo of Silhouette Scout director Show code on the mound at sunset. More...

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Quotes about Scout

A scout troop consists of twelve little kids dressed like schmucks following a big schmuck dressed like a kid. (Jack Benny)
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Scrabble value of S1C3O1U1T1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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