Simple Definition of accost
: to approach and speak to (someone) often in an angry, aggressive, or unwanted way
Full Definition of accost
: to approach and speak to often in a challenging or aggressive way
Examples of accost
He was accosted by three gang members on the subway.
She was so famous that people would accost her on the street and ask for an autograph.
Origin of accost
Middle French accoster, ultimately from Latin ad- + costa rib, side — more at coast
First Known Use: 1597
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