meaning of accost

accost meaning in General Dictionary

Address greeting

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  • To adjoin to lay alongside
  • To join sideways to border ergo to sail over the shore or side of
  • talk to someone
  • approach with a provide of sexual favors
  • To join sideways; to border; thus, to sail along the shore or side of.
  • To approach; in order to make around.
  • To speak to very first; to address; to greet.
  • To adjoin; to rest along with.
  • Address; greeting.

accost meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1570s, from center French accoster "move to," from Italian accostare or straight from Late Latin accostare "show up to the side," from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + costa "rib, part" (see coastline (letter.)). The first notion is of fleets of warships attacking an enemy's shore. Related: Accosted; accosting.


accost meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) To join laterally; to edge; hence, to sail along the coast or side of.

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  • (v. t.) To approach; to help make to.
  • (v. t.) To speak to initially; to address; to greet.
  • (v. i.) To adjoin; to rest along with.
  • (n.) Address; greeting.