accost

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v accost approach with an offer of sexual favors "he was solicited by a prostitute","The young man was caught soliciting in the park"
    • v accost speak to someone
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Accost Address; greeting.
    • v. i Accost To adjoin; to lie alongside. "The shores which to the sea accost ."
    • Accost To approach; to make up to.
    • Accost To join side to side; to border; hence, to sail along the coast or side of. "So much [of Lapland] as accosts the sea."
    • Accost To speak to first; to address; to greet. "Him, Satan thus accosts ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • accost To come side by side or face to face with; draw near; approach; make up to.
    • accost To speak to; address.
    • accost To border on; adjoin.
    • accost To adjoin; be adjacent.
    • n accost The act of accosting; address; salutation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Accost ak-kost′ to speak first to: to address
    • ns Accost (obs.) address: greeting
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. accoster, LL. accostare, to bring side by side; L. ad, + costa, rib, side. See Coast, and cf. Accoast
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. acoster—Low L. accostāre, to be side by side—L. ad, to, costa, a side.

Usage

In literature:

Then it appeared the music had ceased, the couples were finding seats, and Sally and I were accosted by Miss Sampson.
"The Rustlers of Pecos County" by Zane Grey
An old negro wearing a blue uniform accosted Lane, shook hands with him, asked him if he had any baggage.
"The Day of the Beast" by Zane Grey
Despite the bad account given of the sailors, Captain Delano resolved forthwith to accost one of them.
"The Piazza Tales" by Herman Melville
When the angelic spirits who were from that earth came into view, they accosted us, asking who we were, and what we wanted.
"Earths In Our Solar System Which Are Called Planets, and Earths In The Starry Heaven Their Inhabitants, And The Spirits And Angels There" by Emanuel Swedenborg
In a few minutes we met a half-breed Mexican, who, accosting us at once, urged us to go no further.
"In Indian Mexico (1908)" by Frederick Starr
I accosted all the drivers patiently one by one, but could gather nothing definite from any of them.
"The Passenger from Calais" by Arthur Griffiths
So they, with tears and gentle terms the King Accosted, but no gentle answer heard.
"The Iliad of Homer" by Homer
He accosted me with a cool question as to when his lordship was coming back to Hartledon.
"Elster's Folly" by Mrs. Henry Wood
In the station, not a nice station, he was accosted by a stranger, who asked if he was Mr. Merton?
"The Disentanglers" by Andrew Lang
We were accosted by a clean-limbed, joyous youth, who bore on his cap the outstretched winged badge of the police.
"The Luck of Thirteen" by Jan Gordon
McKay waited until the place was clear, then accosted the baker sharply.
"The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood" by Arthur Griffiths
Prince Nicolas is said to know the name of every one of his subjects, and will accost him by it.
"The Land of the Black Mountain" by Reginald Wyon
He accosted me with trepidation and passed on.
"The Haunters & The Haunted" by Various
To both it had seemed better not to accost him while he was in this mood.
"The Chief Legatee" by Anna Katharine Green
There was, viz., I was accosted by three ruffians, who demanded of me the Master Mason's word.
"The Mysteries of Free Masonry" by William Morgan
Watson approached and accosted me.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
On the sidewalk, near the court-house, the three gentlemen were accosted by the ghostly Solitarius.
"A Dream of Empire" by William Henry Venable
Alden dismounted and accosted Moore and Horne.
"The Settling of the Sage" by Hal G. Evarts
After that the child was told how to accost the servants and the governess.
"Heidi" by Johanna Spyri
Maude had hardly sat down when her next neighbour below accosted her in a familiar voice.
"The White Rose of Langley" by Emily Sarah Holt
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In poetry:

The Calend’rer, amazed to see
His neighbour in such trim,
Laid down his pipe, flew to the gate,
And thus accosted him:
"The Diverting History Of John Gilpin, Showing How He Went Farther Than He Intended, And Came Safe Ho" by William Cowper
He (with a re-awakened sense
Of goodness, long for ever lost,
And angel beauty's pure defence)
Shrank back, unable to accost
Such innocence:
"Kadisha; Or, The First Jealousy" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Till mindful of those tender ties
That fashion's sons would blush to name;
With soften'd voice, and melting sighs,
He thus accosts his peerless dame.
"The Harp. A Legendary Tale. In Two Parts" by Hector MacNeill
"BUT, SHOULD YOU WISH TO DO THE THING
WITH OUT-AND-OUT POLITENESS,
ACCOST HIM AS 'MY GOBLIN KING!
AND ALWAYS USE, IN ANSWERING,
THE PHRASE 'YOUR ROYAL WHITENESS!'
"Phantasmagoria Canto II ( Hys Fyve Rules )" by Lewis Carroll
As our mother the Frigate, bepainted and fine,
Made play for her bully the Ship of the Line;
So we, her bold daughters by iron and fire,
Accost and decoy to our masters' desire.
"Cruisers" by Rudyard Kipling
Though silent his tongue, he will plead with his eyes,
And his heart own your sway in a tribute of sighs;
But when he accosts you in meadow, or grove,
His tale is all tenderness, rapture, and love.
""Let the nymph still avoid and be deaf to the swain"" by Tobias Smollett

In news:

Andy.barrand@hillsdale.net HILLSDALE — Dean Hull, 80, appeared in Hillsdale County Circuit Court Monday morning for sentencing for criminal sexual conduct-second degree and accosting a child for immoral purposes.
Two men told the sheriff's office that they were trying to repossess a tractor Tuesday when they were accosted by a man pointing a gun at them.
The smell of garlic, tomatoes, and smoldering cheese accosts the senses inside Spartico at the Mayfair Hotel, located in Coconut Grove.
KNOXVILLE — A 34-year-old woman jogging this morning in West Knox County was accosted by a man who tried to kiss her leg, authorities said.
Transient accosts middle -school girl.
A 13-year-old Gage Middle School student in Riverside was accosted Tuesday, Dec 11, by a man who the girl described as a dirty transient.
If you've never been accosted after a press screening by Nashville critic and filmmaker Jett Loe, who has the boundless enthusiasm of Tigger pouncing on Piglet, the podcast he co-hosts with Irish author Gareth Higgins is the next best thing.
Mayo was charged with attempted murder, possession, obstructing and fleeing in a vehicle and on foot after police officer s attempted to accost him WOWKTV reports.
Mayo was charged with attempted murder, possession, obstructing and fleeing in a vehicle and on foot after police officers attempted to accost him WOWKTV reports.
The Farmers accosted people on the UNC campus, at the Weaver Street Market, and at a local bike shop.
Obama was leaving the country club golf course when he was accosted by an armed robber who demanded, "Give me all of your money".
He says a stranger accosted him, pulled a pocketknife and demanded money.
NORWICH –The Norwich Police charged a city resident with a number of crimes Friday after he allegedly assaulted and sexually accosted a social worker sent to visit his children.
But before you start tearing your hair out or accosting some stranger, consider this.
(Aug 14, 2008) A block from home, the smell accosts you.
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