to confront boldly:
The beggar accosted me for money.
to approach, especially with a greeting, question, or remark.
(of prostitutes, procurers, etc.) to solicit for sexual purposes.
Everyone who accosts us asks for whisky, which seems to be scarce.
The houseboat book William F. Waugh
If any one accosts you on the road put no trust in any professions.
The Children of the New Forest Captain Marryat
You see a luminous shadow of myself; it haunts, it accosts, it compels you.
A Strange Story, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
He accosts me, when in the company of friends, with repulsive freedom.
Urban Sketches Bret Harte
Now and then, a little girl or boy, accosts an Englishman in a plaintive tone; but it is merely for the sake of gaping at him.
A Yacht Voyage to Norway, Denmark, and Sweden W. A. Ross
Banquo accosts the strange shapes without the slightest fear.
Shakespearean Tragedy A. C. Bradley
Priam accosts her tenderly; not hers the blame that the gods scourge him in his old age with war.
Studies of the Greek Poets (Vol I of 2) John Addington Symonds
Fraud, too, accosts the angel with a gentle face like Gabriel’s-32- when he said Ave!
Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature John Addington Symonds
Achates first accosts Aeneas: ‘Goddess-born, what purpose now rises in thy spirit?
The Aeneid of Virgil Virgil
Whereupon he accosts the old gentleman, and presently proposes to throw the dice for another pot.
London Walter Besant
(transitive) to approach, stop, and speak to (a person), as to ask a question, accuse of a crime, solicit sexually, etc
(rare) a greeting
1570s, from Middle French accoster “move up to,” from Italian accostare or directly from Late Latin accostare “come up to the side,” from Latin ad- “to” (see ad-) + costa “rib, side” (see coast (n.)). The original notion is of fleets of warships attacking an enemy’s coast. Related: Accosted; accosting.
the confinement of childbirth; lying-in. Historical Examples In about two days after the accouchement, the horde proceeded on their journey, as if nothing had happened. A History of the Gipsies Walter Simson A French doctor was suspended, for an error in the accouchement of a lady. A Five Years’ Residence in Buenos Ayres George Thomas […]
a person who assists during childbirth, especially an obstetrician. Historical Examples This was the name of an accoucheur god, whose priest went, when sent for, and prayed for the safety of the patient. Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before George Turner The disadvantages of the method are entirely with the accoucheur and not […]
- Accoucheur’s hand
accoucheur’s hand accoucheur’s hand ac·cou·cheur’s hand (āk’ōō-shûrz’, ä’kōō-) n. The position of the hand in tetany or in muscular dystrophy, in which the fingers are flexed at the metacarpophalangeal joints and extended at the phalangeal joints, with the thumb flexed and drawn into the palm. Also called obstetrical hand.
noun a female obstetrician or midwife Historical Examples Siebold was an accoucheuse who had attended at the births of both the children. The Public Life of Queen Victoria John McGilchrist If all our plans should suffer ship-wreck, then Roekmini will fit herself to be an accoucheuse. Letters of a Javanese Princess Raden Adjeng Kartini She […]