touter

touter

[tou-ter]
noun Informal.
a tout.

Origin:
1745–55; tout + -er1

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tout (taʊt)
 
vb
1.  to solicit (business, customers, etc) or hawk (merchandise), esp in a brazen way
2.  (intr)
 a.  to spy on racehorses being trained in order to obtain information for betting purposes
 b.  to sell, or attempt to sell, such information or to take bets, esp in public places
3.  informal (tr) to recommend flatteringly or excessively
 
n
4.  a.  a person who spies on racehorses so as to obtain betting information to sell
 b.  a person who sells information obtained by such spying
5.  a person who solicits business in a brazen way
6.  Also called: ticket tout a person who sells tickets unofficially for a heavily booked sporting event, concert, etc, at greatly inflated prices
7.  (Ulster) a police informer
 
[C14 (in the sense: to peer, look out): related to Old English tӯtan to peep out]
 
'touter
 
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