scout·​mas·​ter ˈskau̇t-ˌma-stər How to pronounce scoutmaster (audio)
: the leader of a band of scouts
specifically : the adult leader of a troop of Boy Scouts

Examples of scoutmaster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Concurrently, his scout troop got a new scoutmaster who had lost a hand, inspiring Sam for his Eagle Scout project. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, 29 Jan. 2024 Eaton also volunteered as an assistant scoutmaster in upstate New York with a unit of the Boy Scouts of America as recently as 2021. Erik Ortiz, NBC News, 27 Nov. 2023 Amir Malkin, a scoutmaster from Kadima, a town north of Tel Aviv about three hours’ drive from Moshav Yated, was quick to organize Scouts’ parents to make weekly trips to southern farms. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Nov. 2023 Eaton is a former assistant scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America, according to online records confirmed by that organization. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 27 Nov. 2023 The third day of the Jamboree featured a Muslim religious service; an LGBTQ+ affinity tent offered Scouts a safe and supportive space; and disabled scoutmasters led activities promoting mental health, diversity and inclusivity. Anne Branigin, Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2023 During interviews and on his late night talk show, Leno has thanked both the boyhood Boy Scout troop members and scoutmasters of his learning years. Philip Potempa, Chicago Tribune, 23 Aug. 2023 Ward is a straight-arrow scoutmaster, and Norton hits every fastidious line reading with an eager snap. Joe Reid, Vulture, 26 June 2023 One of the latter invites a boy to join him in a practice night-stalking exercise in the woods—an invitation the scout eagerly accepts, only to discover that the only exercise the scoutmaster was interested in was getting his hands inside the boy’s underwear. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, 10 June 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1579, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scoutmaster was in 1579

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“Scoutmaster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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scout·​mas·​ter ˈskau̇t-ˌmas-tər How to pronounce scoutmaster (audio)
: the leader of a band of scouts and especially of a troop of Boy Scouts
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