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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Mark Jurgensen is Claseman’s scoutmaster and had served in Iraq with the Army National Guard. Cathy Free, Washington Post, 26 July 2022 Sakamoto, a schoolteacher and Boy Scout scoutmaster on Maui, developed a training program that included swimming against the current of a drainage ditch. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 29 June 2022 Because that’s the Batman that’s now embedded in the public imagination, a 180-degree turn from four-color scoutmaster of the 1950s comics and the idea of a Batusi-dancing, boob-tube do-gooder of the Sixties. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 23 Feb. 2022 Jason Pape, an assistant scoutmaster in Troop 1231, said Eagle Scout Projects are designed to place the Scout as the leader of a team completing a large task. Madison Bateman,, 26 Nov. 2021 Beginning in 1977, as a scoutmaster, Earnest and another man began organizing young people to place small American flags on tens of thousands of headstones at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery every Memorial Day. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, 19 Nov. 2021 Morgan Dailey, scoutmaster for the boys' Troop 6, told KOMU that Joseph and Dominic may receive badges for their heroic efforts. Rachel Desantis,, 30 June 2021 Josh Garner has been scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 30 in Jackson, Mississippi, for six years; his oldest son will soon be an Eagle Scout. David Crary, Star Tribune, 30 June 2021 Al Champ is an assistant scoutmaster and charter organization representative who serves as the liaison between the American Legion (which sponsors Boy Scout Troop 48) and the Boy Scouts of America. Karie Angell Luc,, 16 June 2021 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Scoutmaster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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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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