- One who seeks customers, as for an inn, a public conveyance, shops, and the like: hence, an obtrusive candidate for office.
Variant of tout
- to solicit customers, patrons, votes, etc.
- esp. in England, to spy on racehorses in training, etc. in order to secure tips for betting
- to provide betting tips on horse races
Origin of toutMiddle English toten ; from Old English totian, to peep, look out after
- to praise or recommend highly; puff
- to solicit or importune, as for business
- to spy out or otherwise get information on (racehorses)
- ☆ to give a tip on (a racehorse) for a price
Informal a person who touts; esp., a person who makes a business of selling tips on racehorses