Webster's Dictionary, 1913
(skous) noun (Nautical) A sailor's dish. Bread scouse contains no meat; lob scouse contains meat, etc. See Lobscouse . Ham. Nav. Encyc.
[ Icelandic skūta
a small craft or cutter.] A swift sailing boat.
So we took a scout , very much pleased with the manner and conversation of the passengers. Pepys.
[ Icelandic skūta
to jut out. Confer Scout
to reject.] A projecting rock.
[ Prov. Eng.] Wright.
(skout) transitive verb
[ Icelandic skūta
a taunt; confer Icelandic skūta
to jut out, skota
to shove, skjōta
to shoot, to shove. See Shoot
.] To reject with contempt, as something absurd; to treat with ridicule; to flout; as, to scout an idea or an apology.
"Flout 'em and scout
[ Old French escoute
scout, spy, from escouter
, to listen, to hear, French écouter
, from Latin 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. 2. A college student's or undergraduate's servant; -- so called in Oxford, England; at Cambridge called a gyp ; and at Dublin, a skip .
Each quarter, to descry the distant foe.
[ Cant] 3. (Cricket) A fielder in a game for practice. 4. The act of scouting or reconnoitering.
While the rat is on the scout . Cowper. Syn.
. -- 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 transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Scouted
; present participle & verbal noun 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. 2. To pass over or through, as a scout; to reconnoiter; as, to scout a country.
And scout him round.
Scout intransitive verb To go on the business of scouting, or watching the motions of an enemy; to act as a scout.
With obscure wing Milton.
Scout far and wide into the realm of night.
Scout noun A boy scout (which see, above).
Scovel (skŭv"'l) noun [ Old French escouve , escouvette , broom, Latin scopae , or confer W. ysgubell , dim. of ysgub a broom.] A mop for sweeping ovens; a malkin.
Scow (skou) noun [ Dutch schouw .] (Nautical) A large flat-bottomed boat, having broad, square ends.
Scow transitive verb To transport in a scow.
(skoul) intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Scowled
(skould); present participle & verbal noun Scowling
.] [ Akin to Danish skule
; confer Icelandic skolla
to skulk, LG. schulen
to hide one's self, Dutch schuilen
, German schielen
to squint, Danish skele
, Swedish skela
, Anglo-Saxon sceolh
squinting. Confer 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.
Scowl transitive verb
1. To look at or repel with a scowl or a frown. Milton. 2. To express by a scowl; as, to scowl defiance.
Scowl noun 1. The wrinkling of the brows or face in frowing; the expression of displeasure, sullenness, or discontent in the countenance; an angry frown.
With solemn phiz, and critic scowl . Lloyd. 2. Hence, gloom; dark or threatening aspect. Burns.
A ruddy storm, whose scowl Crashaw.
Made heaven's radiant face look foul.
Scowlingly adverb In a scowling manner.
[ CF. Scramble
.] A Lenten dish, composed of eggs boiled hard, chopped, and seasoned with butter, salt, and pepper. Halliwell.
(skrăb"b'l) intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Scrabbled
; present participle & verbal noun Scrabbling
.] [ Freq. of scrape
. Confer Scramble
, transitive verb
] 1. To scrape, paw, or scratch with the hands; to proceed by clawing with the hands and feet; to scramble; as, to scrabble up a cliff or a tree.
Now after a while Little-faith came to himself, and getting up made shift to scrabble on his way. Bunyan. 2. To make irregular, crooked, or unmeaning marks; to scribble; to scrawl.
David . . . scrabbled on the doors of the gate. 1. Sam. xxi. 13.
Scrabble transitive verb To mark with irregular lines or letters; to scribble; as, to scrabble paper.
Scrabble noun The act of scrabbling; a moving upon the hands and knees; a scramble; also, a scribble.
[ Confer Scrabble
.] (Zoology) (a) The Manx shearwater. (b) The black guillemot.
(skrăf"f'l) intransitive verb
[ See Scramble
: confer OD. schraeffelen
to scrape.] To scramble or struggle; to wrangle; also, to be industrious.
[ Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
[ Confer dial. Swedish skraka
a great dry tree, a long, lean man, Gael. sgreagach
dry, shriveled, rocky. See Shrink
, and confer Scrog
] 1. Something thin, lean, or rough; a bony piece; especially, a bony neckpiece of meat; hence, humorously or in contempt, the neck.
Lady MacScrew, who . . . serves up a scrag of mutton on silver. Thackeray. 2. A rawboned person.
[ Low] Halliwell. 3. A ragged, stunted tree or branch. Scrag whale (Zoology)
, a North Atlantic whalebone whale ( Agaphelus gibbosus ). By some it is considered the young of the right whale.
Scrag transitive verb
[ Confer Scrag
.] To seize, pull, or twist the neck of; specif., to hang by the neck; to kill by hanging.
An enthusiastic mob will scrag me to a certainty the day war breaks out. Pall Mall Mag.
Scrag-necked adjective Having a scraggy neck.
1. Rough with irregular points, or a broken surface; scraggy; as, a scragged backbone. 2. Lean and rough; scraggy.
Scraggedness noun Quality or state of being scragged.
Scraggily adverb In a scraggy manner.
Scragginess noun The quality or state of being scraggy; scraggedness.
[ Compar. Scragger
; superl. Scraggiest
.] 1. Rough with irregular points; scragged.
rock." J. Philips. 2. Lean and rough; scragged.
"His sinewy, scraggy
neck." Sir W. Scott.
Scramble intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Scrambled
; present participle & verbal noun Scrambling
.] [ Freq. of Prov. English scramb
to rake together with the hands, or of scramp
to snatch at. confer Scrabble
.] 1. To clamber with hands and knees; to scrabble; as, to scramble up a cliff; to scramble over the rocks. 2. To struggle eagerly with others for something thrown upon the ground; to go down upon all fours to seize something; to catch rudely at what is desired.
Of other care they little reckoning make, Milton.
Than how to scramble at the shearer's feast.
Scramble transitive verb
1. To collect by scrambling; as, to scramble up wealth. Marlowe. 2. To prepare (eggs) as a dish for the table, by stirring the yolks and whites together while cooking.
Scramble noun 1. The act of scrambling, climbing on all fours, or clambering. 2. The act of jostling and pushing for something desired; eager and unceremonious struggle for what is thrown or held out; as, a scramble for office.
Scarcity [ of money] enhances its price, and increases the scramble . Locke.
Scrambled eggs Eggs of which the whites and yolks are stirred together while cooking, or eggs beaten slightly, often with a little milk, and stirred while cooking.
1. One who scrambles; one who climbs on all fours. 2. A greedy and unceremonious contestant.
Scrambling adjective Confused and irregular; awkward; scambling.
A huge old scrambling bedroom. Sir W. Scott.
Scranch transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Scranched
; present participle & verbal noun Scranching
.] [ Confer Dutch schransen
to eat greedily, German schranzen
. Confer Crunch
.] To grind with the teeth, and with a crackling sound; to craunch.
[ Prov. Eng. & Colloq. U. S.]
Scranky adjective Thin; lean. [ Scot.]
[ Confer Scrawny
.] Slight; thin; lean; poor.
Grate on their scrannel pipes of wretched straw. Milton.
[ See Scrannel
.] Thin; lean; meager; scrawny; scrannel.
[ Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
[ Middle English scrappe
, from Icelandic skrap
trifle, cracking. See Scrape
, transitive verb
] 1. Something scraped off; hence, a small piece; a bit; a fragment; a detached, incomplete portion.
I have no materials -- not a scrap . De Quincey. 2. Specifically, a fragment of something written or printed; a brief excerpt; an unconnected extract. 3. plural The crisp substance that remains after drying out animal fat; as, pork scraps . 4. plural Same as Scrap iron , below. Scrap forgings
, forgings made from wrought iron scrap.
-- Scrap iron
. (a) Cuttings and waste pieces of wrought iron from which bar iron or forgings can be made; -- called also wrought-iron scrap . (b) Fragments of cast iron or defective castings suitable for remelting in the foundry; -- called also foundry scrap , or cast scrap .
Scrapbook noun A blank book in which extracts cut from books and papers may be pasted and kept.
(skrāp) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Scraped
; present participle & verbal noun Scraping
.] [ Icelandic skrapa
; akin to Swedish skrapa
, Danish skrabe
, Dutch schrapen
, German schrappen
, and probably to English sharp
.] 1. To rub over the surface of (something) with a sharp or rough instrument; to rub over with something that roughens by removing portions of the surface; to grate harshly over; to abrade; to make even, or bring to a required condition or form, by moving the sharp edge of an instrument breadthwise over the surface with pressure, cutting away excesses and superfluous parts; to make smooth or clean; as, to scrape a bone with a knife; to scrape a metal plate to an even surface. 2. To remove by rubbing or scraping (in the sense above).
I will also scrape her dust from her, and make her like the top of a rock. Ezek. xxvi. 4. 3. To collect by, or as by, a process of scraping; to gather in small portions by laborious effort; hence, to acquire avariciously and save penuriously; -- often followed by together or up ; as, to scrape money together.
The prelatical party complained that, to swell a number the nonconformists did not choose, but scrape , subscribers. Fuller. 4. To express disapprobation of, as a play, or to silence, as a speaker, by drawing the feet back and forth upon the floor; -- usually with down . Macaulay. To scrape acquaintance
, to seek acquaintance otherwise than by an introduction. Farquhar.
He tried to scrape acquaintance with her, but failed ignominiously. G. W. Cable.
Scrape intransitive verb
1. To rub over the surface of anything with something which roughens or removes it, or which smooths or cleans it; to rub harshly and noisily along. 2. To occupy one's self with getting laboriously; as, he scraped and saved until he became rich. "[ Spend] their scraping fathers' gold." Shak. 3. To play awkwardly and inharmoniously on a violin or like instrument. 4. To draw back the right foot along the ground or floor when making a bow.
Scrape noun 1. The act of scraping; also, the effect of scraping, as a scratch, or a harsh sound; as, a noisy scrape on the floor; a scrape of a pen. 2. A drawing back of the right foot when bowing; also, a bow made with that accompaniment. H. Spencer. 3. A disagreeable and embarrassing predicament out of which one can not get without undergoing, as it were, a painful rubbing or scraping; a perplexity; a difficulty.
The too eager pursuit of this his old enemy through thick and thin has led him into many of these scrapes . Bp. Warburton.
Scrapepenny noun One who gathers and hoards money in trifling sums; a miser.
1. An instrument with which anything is scraped. Specifically: (a) An instrument by which the soles of shoes are cleaned from mud and the like, by drawing them across it. (b) An instrument drawn by oxen or horses, used for scraping up earth in making or repairing roads, digging cellars, canals etc. (c) (Nautical) An instrument having two or three sharp sides or edges, for cleaning the planks, masts, or decks of a ship. (d) (Lithography) In the printing press, a board, or blade, the edge of which is made to rub over the tympan sheet and thus produce the impression. 2. One who scrapes. Specifically: (a) One who plays awkwardly on a violin. (b) One who acquires avariciously and saves penuriously.
1. The act of scraping; the act or process of making even, or reducing to the proper form, by means of a scraper. 2. Something scraped off; that which is separated from a substance, or is collected by scraping; as, the scraping of the street.
Scraping adjective Resembling the act of, or the effect produced by, one who, or that which, scrapes; as, a scraping noise; a scraping miser. -- Scrap"ing*ly , adverb
Scrappily adverb In a scrappy manner; in scraps. Mary Cowden Clarke.