(Scout), n. [OF. escoute scout, spy, fr. escouter, escolter, to listen, to hear, F. écouter, 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.
Scouts each coast light-armèd scour,Milton.
Each quarter, to descry the distant foe.
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]
3. (Cricket) A fielder in a game for practice.
4. The act of scouting or reconnoitering. [Colloq.]
While the rat is on the scout.Cowper.
Syn. Scout, Spy. 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.
(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.
Take more men,Beau. & Fl.
And scout him round.
2. To pass over or through, as a scout; to reconnoiter; as, to scout a country.
(Scout), v. i. To go on the business of scouting, or watching the motions of an enemy; to act as a
With obscure wingMilton.
Scout far and wide into the realm of night.
(Scov"el) n. [OF. escouve, escouvette, broom, L. scopae, or cf. W. ysgubell, dim. of ysgub a
broom.] A mop for sweeping ovens; a malkin.
(Scow) n. [D. schouw.] (Naut.) A large flat-bottomed boat, having broad, square ends.
(Scow), v. t. To transport in a scow.
(Scowl) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Scowled (skould); p. pr. & vb. n. Scowling.] [Akin to Dan. skule; cf.
Icel. skolla to skulk, LG. schulen to hide one's self, D. schuilen, G. schielen to squint, Dan. skele,
Sw. skela, AS. sceolh squinting. Cf. Skulk.]
1. To wrinkle the brows, as in frowning or displeasure; to put on a frowning look; to look sour, sullen,
severe, or angry.
She scowled and frowned with froward countenance.Spenser.
2. Hence, to look gloomy, dark, or threatening; to lower. "The scowling heavens." Thomson.
(Scowl), v. t.
1. To look at or repel with a scowl or a frown. Milton.
2. To express by a scowl; as, to scowl defiance.