Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “scout”

scout

noun [C]  /skɑʊt/ us  

scout noun [C] (BOY/GIRL)

a Boy Scout or Girl Scout

scout noun [C] (PERSON WHO SEARCHES)

someone whose job is to look for people with particular skills, esp. in sports or entertainment A scout is also a person, esp. a soldier, sent out to get information about the enemy.

scout

verb [I/T]  /skɑʊt/ us  

scout verb [I/T] (SEARCH)

to go to look in various places for something you want or to check for possible danger: [I] Retired folks were scouting for homes in Florida. [I] When not traveling worldwide to scout out ideas, they visit with their daughter Sarah. In sports, to scout is to have the job of trying to find young players with the ability to play the sport well: [I] I scouted for the Angels baseball team for about 15 years.
(Definition of scout from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of scout?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “scout” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

nip

to press something quickly and quite hard between two objects, especially sharp objects such as teeth or nails

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More