touter

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n touter someone who advertises for customers in an especially brazen way
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Touter One who seeks customers, as for an inn, a public conveyance, shops, and the like: hence, an obtrusive candidate for office. "The prey of ring droppers, . . . duffers, touters , or any of those bloodless sharpers who are, perhaps, better known to the police."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n touter One who goes about soliciting custom, as for an inn, a public conveyance, or a shop.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Touter one who touts
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tótian, to look out.

Usage

In literature:

Touters from the hotels cry out lustily.
"Lands of the Slave and the Free" by Henry A. Murray
The gangplank was lying on the dock and near it stood what seemed to me to be the captain and the pilot, around them touters and others.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
If such sweet sounds can't woo you to religion, Will the harsh voices of church cads and touters?
"The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood" by Thomas Hood
He is one of the ordinary touters of the ministry.
"His Excellency the Minister" by Jules Claretie
The hardware-man looks as if he might be 'touter' to a broken-down brigand.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. II. July, 1862. No. 1." by Various
These may be touters to the office: some may be victims, who have once won a stake.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 447" by Various
One of the nuisances we had to encounter in the streets was that of railway touters.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
An old term for looking out, or keeping a prying watch; whence the revenue cruisers and the customs officers were called touters.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
As soon as we had brought up we were boarded by the inevitable hotel touters, custom-house officers, porters, and boatmen.
"The English in the West Indies" by James Anthony Froude
The hotel and boarding-house touters touted, so far as they were concerned, in vain.
"A Hero of Romance" by Richard Marsh
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