scout

n.

  1. A swift sailing boat.
  2. A projecting rock.
  3. 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.
  4. A college student's or undergraduate's servant; -- so called in Oxford, England; at Cambridge called a gyp; and at Dublin, a skip.
  5. A fielder in a game for practice.
  6. The act of scouting or reconnoitering.

v. t.

  1. To reject with contempt, as something absurd; to treat with ridicule; to flout; as, to scout an idea or an apology.
  2. To observe, watch, or look for, as a scout; to follow for the purpose of observation, as a scout.
  3. To pass over or through, as a scout; to reconnoiter; as, to scout a country.

v. i.

  1. To go on the business of scouting, or watching the motions of an enemy; to act as a scout.