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tout

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verb \ ˈtau̇t , in sense 1 also ˈtüt \

Definition of tout

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
4 a 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
2 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 in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of tout

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


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tout

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Definition of tout

: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

Recent Examples of tout from the Web

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First Known Use of tout

1853



TOUT Defined for English Language Learners

tout

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verb

Definition of tout for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of tout for English Language Learners

  • : 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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