Definition of accost
: to approach and speak to (someone) often in a challenging or aggressive way He was accosted by a stranger on the street.
Examples of accost in a sentence
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 and Etymology of accost
Medieval French accoster, ultimately from Latin ad- + costa rib, side — more at coast
First Known Use: 1567
ACCOST Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of accost for English Language Learners
: to approach and speak to (someone) often in an angry, aggressive, or unwanted way
ACCOST Defined for Kids
Definition of accost for Students
: to approach and speak to angrily or aggressively
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