from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of a worldwide organization of young men and boys, founded in England in 1908, for character development and citizenship training.
  • n. Slang A man whose attitudes and behavior are felt to be naive.

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  • n. A male member of the Scout Movement.
  • n. A person, especially a politician, who is idealistic and naive


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  • As luck had it, Neil was on the road back from the Shawnee Council Boy Scout camp near Defiance, Ohio.

    First Man

  • As a result, his initial Boy Scout meeting or his first religious education class may be a source of great anxiety for him and can be a disastrous, ego-deflating failure.

    It's So Much Work to Be Your Friend

  • The boy is dressed far too warmly for such a hot sum­mer day — his small form is almost lost under the heavy, woolen Boy Scout tunic, broad-brimmed campaign hat, baggy wool trousers, and awkward puttees laced almost to the knees.

    Prayers To Broken Stones

  • At the Army-Navy store, they picked up a Boy Scout camp cooking kit and a Sterno stove; they made up a "chuck wagon" box with cans of beans and stuff and a couple of plates and cups long ago liberated from the university.


  • When the armistice was signed in November, 1918, the Association immediately canvassed the neighborhood to erect a suitable Tribute House, as a memorial to the eighty-three Merion boys who had gone into the Great War: a public building which would comprise a community centre, with an American Legion Post room, a Boy Scout house, an auditorium, and a meeting-place for the civic activities of Merion.

    A Dutch Boy Fifty Years After

  • “We need the stones,” Cybil began, “and the ritual Boy Scout knife,” she added with a faint smile.

    The Hollow

  • Our Boy Scout Station was at the west end of East Av­enue, a hundred yards past a row of portable kitchens set in the middle of the Pennsylvania veterans 'tent area.

    Prayers To Broken Stones

  • I wanted to he given a glowing performance appraisal indicating my exemplary record of handing in Boy Scout candy proceeds and field-trip permission slips on time—usually early.

    Holding the World by the Hand

  • Boy Scout stealthcraft told me to go around the back of the house first: down the driveway and into a backyard of immaculate flower beds bordering a small patch of grass, as smooth as AstroTurf and with a pond at its center, fed by a concrete toddler endlessly pouring water from a small barrel.

    Walls of Silence

  • Right now I thought I would run all the way back to the Boy Scout Station, find Billy and Reverend Hodges, and see if any­one had any cookies in their duffel bags.

    Prayers To Broken Stones


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