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Tourists taking photographs of Primošten, Croatia


From tour +‎ -ist.



tourist (plural tourists)

  1. Someone who travels for pleasure rather than for business. [from 1770s]
    • 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter II, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., →OCLC:
      Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke. He was dressed out in broad gaiters and bright tweeds, like an English tourist, and his face might have belonged to Dagon, idol of the Philistines.
    • 2005, Paul Carter, Don't Tell Mum I Work on the Rigs, Crows Nest: Allen and Unwin, page 94:
      The group operating where we were was called the "Abu Sayyaf" and specialised in K&R (kidnap and ransom), usually of tourists who would finish up beheaded on TV.
  2. (derogatory) One who visits a place or attends a social event out of curiosity, wanting to watch without commitment or involvement.
  3. (sports, informal) A member of the visiting team in a match.
  4. (computing, dated) A guest user on a computer system.
    • 1984, Dean Gengle, The Netweaver's Sourcebook, page 105:
      This popularity was supposedly due to M.I.T.'s tolerance of "tourists" on its system.
    • 2012, Michael Banks, On the Way to the Web:
      The online tourists then uploaded the files to share with other BBS aficionados.

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tourist (third-person singular simple present tourists, present participle touristing, simple past and past participle touristed)

  1. (intransitive) To travel as a tourist.
    • 2020 November 4, Sarah Firshein, “Forget Long Weekends: During the Pandemic It’s All About Short Weeks”, in The New York Times[1]:
      “You can’t go touristing anymore like you used to, but weekends away — traditionally crammed into sneaking out of work slightly early on a Friday in a dash to have some repose — now mean heading out on a Wednesday night, logging on to work and coming back Monday night,” said Tom Caton, the co-founder and chief revenue officer of AirDNA []


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