\ ˈtau̇t How to pronounce tout (audio) , in sense 1 also ˈtüt How to pronounce tout (audio) \
touted; touting; touts

Definition of tout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make much of : promote, talk up touted as the summer's blockbuster movie the college's much touted women's studies program
2 : to solicit, peddle, or persuade importunately not meant to tout you off the movie— Russell Baker
3 : to spy on : watch
4a British : to spy out information about (a racing stable, a horse, etc.)
b : to give a tip or solicit bets on (a racehorse)

intransitive verb

1 : to solicit patronage
2a chiefly British : to spy on racehorses in training to gain information for betting
b : to give a tip or solicit bets on a racehorse



Definition of tout (Entry 2 of 2)

: one who touts: such 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

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Examples of tout in a Sentence

Verb The company is running advertisements touting the drug's effectiveness. The company's stock is being touted by many financial advisers. People were touting tickets outside the stadium. People were touting outside the stadium.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the years since, Trump has mostly touted canceled regulations for energy production and health care for veterans as his first day accomplishments. Bonnie Kristian, TheWeek, "All the 2020 candidates' (mostly stupid) 'day 1' promises," 11 Feb. 2020 And yet many of the contenders are still dropping his name, touting their connections to him, and blanketing the airwaves with ads featuring Obama, as New Hampshire voters prepare to cast their votes on Tuesday. Soo Rin Kim And, ABC News, "Barack Obama might not be on the Democratic ballot, but he's on the airwaves," 11 Feb. 2020 In 2008, Evenflo launched the new Big Kid with side wings, touting its testing. Daniela Porat, ProPublica, "Evenflo, Maker of the “Big Kid” Booster Seat, Put Profits Over Child Safety," 6 Feb. 2020 This is a bragging point The Masked Singer team frequently touts, and it's rooted in some impressive statistics. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Going to a 'Masked Singer' Taping Is Like Visiting a Top-Secret CIA Compound," 6 Feb. 2020 The campaign also released a plan to support women as small business owners and touts Bloomberg (the company)’s Gender Equality Index. Fortune, "The 2020 candidates’ positions—and records—on economic issues that affect women," 28 Jan. 2020 After Booker criticized former vice president Joe Biden for having touted his work with segregationists, the DNC's randomized rules put the two candidates on different nights of the June debates. Author: Amy B Wang, David Weigel, Anchorage Daily News, "Cory Booker exits the Democratic presidential primary, making the field less diverse," 13 Jan. 2020 Jones, a 6-3 highly touted junior transfer from The First Academy, was kneed in the thigh in a preseason game two weeks ago and has not played in the regular season. Buddy Collings,, "Windermere basketball falls to 2-3 with pieces missing; CFCA beats Blake at Breast Cancer Awareness," 7 Dec. 2019 Though touted for several positions in recent months, 69-year-old Wenger has been out of management since leaving Arsenal at the end of the 2017/18 season, spending time as a pundit with beIN SPORTS., "Arsene Wenger Gives Cryptic Answer When Asked About Interest in Bayern Munich Job," 5 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Example: My tout that the Utah Jazz will reach the Western Conference finals isn’t looking especially clever at the minute. Marc Stein, New York Times, "5 New N.B.A. Truths," 18 Dec. 2019 Fear, few answers While some tout vaping as a helpful way to stop smoking, there is not much research to support that claim. Lauren Caruba,, "‘These are 20-year-olds’: Vaping-related illnesses surface at San Antonio hospitals," 12 Sep. 2019 The Note 10 Plus touts stronger power, improved video and audio and a whole bunch of gimmicky features most readers won't be bothered with. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Pricey Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus does terrific video, at a cost," 20 Aug. 2019 This gratitude is sorely lacking in those today, on the left and the right, who condemn the Founding tout court. Daniel J. Mahoney, National Review, "Democracy’s Moral Foundations: Recovering Our ‘Constitution in Full’," 20 June 2019 Back then, as today, the Yeoman Warders were touts. William Booth, The Seattle Times, "The secrets of the royal ravenmaster at the Tower of London," 26 Oct. 2018 Assuming that whatever wellness regimen one particular influencer touts will get everyone who buys into it those same results is irresponsible. SELF, "7 Ways Experts and Influencers Can Make Their Nutrition Advice More Inclusive," 16 Oct. 2018 Je croyais avoir eu droit à tout : eh bien non ! Pour avoir dénoncé les horreurs de #Daech par tweets, la « justice » me soumet à une expertise psychiatrique ! Jusqu’où vont-ils aller ?! Jen Kirby, Vox, "French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has been ordered to take a psychiatric exam," 21 Sep. 2018 Eight of the governors Cox touts have approval ratings below 50 percent. Joe Garofoli,, "John Cox, California governor candidate, says business background a big boost," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of tout


circa 1700, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3


1853, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tout


Middle English tuten to protrude, peer; probably akin to Old English tōtian to stick out, Norwegian tyte

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21 Feb 2020

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“Tout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to talk about (something or someone) as being very good, effective, skillful, etc.
British : to try to persuade people to buy your goods or services
British : to buy tickets for an event and resell them at a much higher price



English Language Learners Definition of tout (Entry 2 of 2)

US : a person who sells information about which horses are likely to win the races at a racetrack
British : a person who buys tickets for an event and resells them at a much higher price

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