boy scout

boy scout
1. (sometimes caps.) a member of an organization of boys (Boy Scouts), founded in England in 1908 by Lieut. Gen. Sir Robert S. S. Baden-Powell, that seeks to develop certain skills in its members, as well as character, self-reliance, and usefulness to others.
2. a member of any similar society elsewhere.
3. Sometimes Disparaging. a person whose good deeds, obligingness, idealism, etc., exceed normal expectations.

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  • Boy scout — Orig., a member of the Boy Scouts, an organization of boys founded in 1908, by Sir R. S. S. Baden Powell, to promote good citizenship by creating in them a spirit of civic duty and of usefulness to others, by stimulating their interest in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Boy Scout — Boy Scouts also boy scout 1) N PROPER COLL: the N The Boy Scouts is an organization for boys which teaches them discipline and practical skills. He s in the Boy Scouts. Syn: Scouts 2) N COUNT A Boy Scout is a boy who is a member of the Boy Scouts …   English dictionary

  • Boy-Scout — Boy|scout, Boy Scout [ bɔ̮yska̮ut ], der; s, s [engl. boy scout, aus: ↑ Boy u. ↑ Scout]: engl. Bez. für: Pfadfinder …   Universal-Lexikon

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  • boy-scout — /bɔi skaʊt/ locuz. ingl. [comp. di boy ragazzo e scout esploratore ], usata in ital. come s.m. [membro di un movimento scoutistico] ▶◀ giovane esploratore, scout. ⇓ coccinella, lupetto …   Enciclopedia Italiana

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  • Boy Scout — noun count a boy who is a member of the Boy Scouts, an organization that encourages boys to learn practical skills and help other people ─ compare CUB SCOUT …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • Boy Scout — n. 1. a member of the Boy Scouts, a worldwide boys organization, founded in England (1908), that stresses character, citizenship, outdoor life, and service to others; specif., a member of the division of Boy Scouts of America (1910) for boys… …   English World dictionary

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