from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A member of a worldwide organization of young men and boys, founded in England in 1908 for character development and citizenship training.
  • noun Slang A man whose attitudes and behavior are morally upright and often naive.

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


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