tout

verb
\ 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

tout

noun

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

Over this past year, Scalise has repeatedly touted how his faith has helped him through. USA TODAY, "Rep. Scalise returns to the field for congressional baseball game a year after shooting," 14 June 2018 Trubisky has touted the energized team's new culture and a positive vibe emanating from Nagy, 40, whose persona should better suit this young roster than old school predecessor John Fox's demeanor did. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Bears training camp questions: Can Mitchell Trubisky take off under rookie coach Matt Nagy?," 10 July 2018 Company news releases have similarly touted the firm's commitment to diversity, noting it was recognized on a list of top 50 companies for diversity by DiversityInc. Aaron Gregg, latimes.com, "Northrop Grumman employee seen on video at violent white supremacist rally no longer employed at company," 7 July 2018 Starbucks introduced a turmeric latte last year, and people have touted turmeric tea, turmeric face treatments, turmeric smoothies and daily doses of turmeric supplements. Doug Williams, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Turmeric: superfood or superhype," 25 June 2018 The decisions angered industry backers who said the failure to promote Connecticut’s fuel cell industry was a slap at economic development that has touted Connecticut’s ties to fuel cell companies. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "State Taps First-Ever Offshore Wind Power In Clean Energy Program," 13 June 2018 Marijuana is frequently touted as a treatment for chronic pain and PTSD, but that claim is questionable, according to a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine last year. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Government bans on pot research have created room for marijuana health hype," 6 Nov. 2018 The 2019 debut of the UltraFICO score, an alternative to the traditional FICO credit score, is being touted as a potential remedy for the inequities in the US credit system. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Spend “frivolously” and be penalized under China’s new social credit system," 2 Nov. 2018 This process is touted as being more environmentally friendly than cremation. Ace Ratcliff, SELF, "Pet Euthanasia at Home: 6 Ways to Make Putting Down Your Pet Easier on Them—and You," 25 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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, SFChronicle.com, "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, Bloomberg.com, "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

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First Known Use of tout

Verb

circa 1700, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

Noun

1853, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tout

Verb

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

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tout

verb

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

tout

noun

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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