Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To solicit customers, votes, or patronage, especially in a brazen way.
  • intransitive v. To obtain and deal in information on racehorses.
  • transitive v. To solicit or importune: street vendors who were touting pedestrians.
  • transitive v. Chiefly British To obtain or sell information on (a racehorse or stable) for the guidance of bettors.
  • transitive v. To promote or praise energetically; publicize: "For every study touting the benefits of hormone therapy, another warns of the risks” ( Yanick Rice Lamb).
  • n. Chiefly British One who obtains information on racehorses and their prospects and sells it to bettors.
  • n. One who solicits customers brazenly or persistently: "The administration of the nation's literary affairs falls naturally into the hands of touts and thieves” ( Lewis H. Lapham).
  • n. Chiefly Scots and Irish Slang One who informs against others; an informer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Someone advertising for customers in an aggressive way.
  • n. A person, at a racecourse, who offers supposedly inside information on which horse is likely to win
  • v. To flaunt, to publicize/publicise; to boast or brag; to promote.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To act as a tout. See 2d tout.
  • intransitive v. To ply or seek for customers.
  • intransitive v. To look narrowly; spy.
  • intransitive v.
  • intransitive v. To spy out the movements of race horses at their trials, or to get by stealth or other improper means the secrets of the stable, for betting purposes.
  • intransitive v. To act as a tout; to tout, or give a tip on, a race horse.
  • n. One who secretly watches race horses which are in course of training, to get information about their capabilities, for use in betting.
  • n. One who gives a tip on a race horses for an expected compensation, esp. in hopes of a share in any winnings; -- usually contemptuous.
  • n. One who solicits custom, as a runner for a hotel, cab, gambling place.
  • n. A spy for a smuggler, thief, or the like.
  • n. In the game of solo, a proposal to win all eight tricks.
  • intransitive v. To toot a horn.
  • transitive v. To spy out information about, as a racing stable or horse.
  • transitive v. To give a tip on (a race horse) to a better with the expectation of sharing in the latter's winnings.
  • n. The anus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To look about; spy; specifically, in modern racing slang, to spy out the movements of race-horses at training.
  • To look about for customers; solicit custom, employment, or the like.
  • To follow.
  • n. Same as touter.
  • n. In horse-racing, a person who clandestinely watches the trials of race-horses at their training quarters and for a fee gives information for betting purposes.
  • n. In the game of solo, a play when one person takes or proposes to take all the tricks. Also touter.
  • n. The buttocks; the backside; the fundament.
  • To pout; be seized with a sudden fit of ill humor.
  • n. A pet; a huff; a fit of ill humor.
  • n. A fit or slight attack of illness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who advertises for customers in an especially brazen way
  • n. one who sells advice about gambling or speculation (especially at the racetrack)
  • v. advertize in strongly positive terms
  • v. show off
  • n. someone who buys tickets to an event in order to resell them at a profit

Etymologies

Middle English tuten, to peer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • Mmmm, brazed customers.

    March 6, 2009

  • (n): One who solicits customers brazenly or persistently.

    March 6, 2009