verb \ˈtat, in sense 4 also ˈtüt\

: to talk about (something or someone) as being very good, effective, skillful, etc.

: to try to persuade people to buy your goods or services

: to buy tickets for an event and resell them at a much higher price

Full Definition of TOUT

transitive verb
:  to spy on :  watch
a British :  to spy out information about (as a racing stable or horse)
b :  to give a tip or solicit bets on (a racehorse)
:  to solicit, peddle, or persuade importunately <not meant to tout you off the movie — Russell Baker>
:  to make much of :  promote, talk up <touted as the summer's blockbuster movie> <the college's much touted women's studies program>
intransitive verb
:  to solicit patronage
a chiefly British :  to spy on racehorses in training to gain information for betting
b :  to give a tip or solicit bets on a racehorse

Examples of TOUT

  1. The company is running advertisements touting the drug's effectiveness.
  2. The company's stock is being touted by many financial advisers.
  3. People were touting tickets outside the stadium.
  4. People were touting outside the stadium.

Origin of TOUT

Middle English tuten to protrude, peer; probably akin to Old English tōtian to stick out, Norwegian tyte
First Known Use: circa 1700



: a person who sells information about which horses are likely to win the races at a racetrack

: a person who buys tickets for an event and resells them at a much higher price

Full Definition of TOUT

:  one who touts: as
a :  one who solicits patronage
b chiefly British :  one who spies out racing information for betting purposes
c :  one who gives tips or solicits bets on a racehorse

First Known Use of TOUT

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