Pronunciation: (skout),[key] —n. 1. a soldier, warship, airplane, etc., employed in reconnoitering.
2. a person sent out to obtain information.
3. Sports. a. a person who observes and reports on the techniques, players, etc., of opposing teams.
b. a person sent out by a team to observe and recommend new talent for recruitment.
4. a talent scout, as in the entertainment field.
5. an act or instance of reconnoitering, inspecting, observing, etc.
6. (sometimes cap.) a Boy Scout or Girl Scout.
7. Informal.a person: He's a good scout. 8. a man acting as servant to a student at Oxford University.
—v.i. 1. to act as a scout; reconnoiter.
2. to make a search; hunt.
3. to work as a talent scout.
—v.t. 1. to examine, inspect, or observe for the purpose of obtaining information; reconnoiter: to scout the enemy's defenses. 2. to seek; search for (usually fol. by out or up): to scout up a date for Friday night. 3. to find by seeking, searching, or looking (usually fol. by out or up): Scout out a good book for me to read.
Pronunciation: (skout),[key] —v.t. 1. to treat with scorn; dismiss.
2. to make fun of; deride; mock.