\ˈtau̇t, in sense 1 also ˈtüt \
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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Synonyms & Antonyms for tout

Synonyms: Verb

acclaim, accredit, applaud, cheer, crack up, hail, laud, praise, salute

Antonyms: Verb

knock, pan, slam

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Examples of tout in a Sentence


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

The 2008 squad was highly-touted, though it was knocked out in the state quarterfinals. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A baseball lifer, West Bend West's coach looks for a way to keep his edge without the game," 4 July 2018 As Will Sommer, a Politico reporter who tracks the extreme right, reports, racists online have been turning it into memes and the clip is being touted on the Daily Stormer, an online hub for American Nazis. Luke Darby, GQ, "Corey Lewandowski Is Losing Work After Saying "Womp Womp" About a Detained 10-Year-Old with Down Syndrome," 21 June 2018 This petition comes after Uber’s highly-touted 180 Days of Change effort to both reboot the company’s image in the wake of former CEO Travis Kalanick’s tenure, and reach out to drivers. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Uber and Lyft drivers sign petition asking for relief from higher gas prices," 15 June 2018 Its earthen roof was touted as environmentally friendly, providing good insulation. Andrew Reed, idahostatesman, "Amity Elementary gets sweet farewell from students ahead of demolition," 13 June 2018 Now that virtue is being touted by America’s business elite. The Christian Science Monitor, "Advice from the ants about grasshopper companies," 7 June 2018 The magnetic attachment system was touted as a major feature for the Essential Phone when it was first announced in 2017, but aside from the 360-degree camera attachment that the phone launched with, no other Click attachments ever materialized. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "The Essential Phone’s first new module since launch is a magnetic headphone jack," 7 June 2018 Breed, 43, who would become San Francisco's first African-American female mayor, was raised by her grandmother in public housing, graduated from public schools and is touted as a local success story., "San Francisco Mayoral Race Still Too Close to Call," 6 June 2018 Persky is the first judge to be recalled in more than 85 years, The Hill reported, and the recall is being touted as the first evidence of the influence of the #MeToo movement in an election, according to the Associated Press. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "Aaron Persky, the Judge Who Sentenced Brock Turner, Was Recalled in a California Election," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Jockeys, grooms, hotwalkers, clockers, racing touts, coffee-stand vendors, even Baffert himself. David Rovella,, "Your Evening Briefing," 4 May 2018 Anthony Bourdain entered the literary stage with an inside tip, delivered in the gruff whisper of a racetrack tout: Don’t order fish on Mondays. New York Times, "Anthony Bourdain Was a Teller of Often Unappetizing Truths," 8 June 2018 My team has spent most of the past 20 years being a broken shell of itself, trying out 10 different head coaches (including interims) since Shula, trying tout 18 different starting quarterbacks post-Marino. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Confessions, frustrations of a lifelong Dolphins fan who grew up to cover the team | Miami Herald," 11 May 2018 Egypt's parliament has passed a law that would impose fines on overly aggressive touts as part of efforts to revive the country's tourism sector. Fox News, "Egypt's parliament passes law to fine aggressive touts," 26 Apr. 2018 In efforts to revive its tourism sector, Egypt has passed a bill this week imposing fines on overly aggressive touts. Washington Post, "Egypt’s parliament passes law to fine aggressive touts," 25 Apr. 2018 Eighty-eight percent tout treatments and only 18% mention screening, even though early diagnosis is more critical to survival than the interventions romanticized on TV. Steve Salerno, WSJ, "In the War on Cancer, Truth Becomes a Casualty," 20 Apr. 2018 Today, listings from one coast to another tout Bitcoin as a way to make a property transaction. Andrew Zaleski, Curbed, "Bitcoin’s young investors put their digital currency to work in the physical world," 21 Mar. 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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English Language Learners Definition of tout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



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

: 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

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