\ 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Staley then proceeded to praise Joseph-Day and tout him as someone on the verge of breaking through. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2022 Corruption within police departments that try to tout themselves as being progressive has only damaged the public’s trust (side-eying Seattle and Richmond, California). Ernest Owens, Rolling Stone, 12 Feb. 2022 The former president deals heavily in loyalty, and Long is able to tout his in spades. Springfield News-Leader, 4 Aug. 2021 President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit the Twin Cities suburb of Rosemount on Tuesday to tout his $1 trillion infrastructure plan. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 30 Nov. 2021 President Biden will visit New Hampshire on Tuesday to tout the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan in a battleground state crucial to Democrats’ hopes of holding onto their slim Senate majority next year. Neya Thanikachalam,, 11 Nov. 2021 President Biden arrived in New Jersey Monday morning to support incumbent Gov. Phil Murphy ahead of the gubernatorial election and tout his infrastructure plan and the multitrillion dollar spending bill, which is still being debated among Democrats. Jessica Chasmar, Fox News, 25 Oct. 2021 In March, Biden spoke at a hospital in Columbus to tout his $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan and mark the 11th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, 13 July 2021 Jayapal was working from home, in Seattle, in early February, with the chatter of cable news in the background, when Biden stepped to a White House lectern to tout his American Rescue Plan and its $1.9 trillion in spending. Peter Slevin, The New Yorker, 17 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The travel agencies’ ads, affixed to lamp posts in the village, tout visas for immigration and study in Canada, a country that sometimes offers easier access for immigrants than the United States. New York Times, 14 Mar. 2022 The stakes are high and the State of the Union speech is one of a president's best opportunities to clarify their vision, tout achievements and boost both the nation's morale and their own approval ratings. CNN, 27 Feb. 2022 Proponents of the model tout it as a way for local governments to efficiently build infrastructure in less time while lowering construction and management risks. Camille Squires, Quartz, 5 Jan. 2022 The headlines for the Tesla Model S Plaid tout the ludicrous 1020 horsepower and the 2.1-second zero-to-60-mph time, but along with otherworldly amounts of speed, the Plaid also brings the revised interior that all Model S cars received for 2021. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 8 Dec. 2021 Some tout Cleveland sports teams -- Browns, Guardians, Cavaliers. cleveland, 2 Dec. 2021 Some Utah resorts, such as Brighton, tout promotions where kids can ski for free. The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Nov. 2021 In news releases, Stanford and Cal tout campus and alumni resources. Nick Lozito, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Oct. 2021 Mon tout nouveau titre est maintenant disponible sur toutes les plateformes. Tomás Mier,, 15 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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16 May 2022

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“Tout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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