1. [early 18C–1930s] (also chantey man, chanty man) a seller and singer of street ballads.
2. [mid-19C–1920s] (also chanterer) a crooked horse dealer, also of dogs.
[mid–late 19C] a journalist, a reporter.
[late 18C–19C] (UK Und.) a composer of ballads, broadsides and similar productions for the use of street singers and versifiers.
[late 18C–19C] an advertiser.