\ 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


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

Managing resources was another highlight, with Condon touting the financial position. Steve Schering,, "District 90 officials: Mission accomplished but new strategic plan needed," 9 June 2019 Neymar's future at Paris Saint-Germain continues to remain uncertain with the club's sporting director Antero Henrique set for a potential exit from the side, with Milan's Leonardo touted to reprise his former role., "Neymar's Future at PSG in Doubt With 'Ally' Sporting Director Antero Henrique Set for Exit," 9 June 2019 The result was an innovative, first-of-its-kind governmentally endorsed, privately run program — one Buttigieg could tout on the presidential primary campaign trail where Latinos are a key voting group. Adam Edelman, NBC News, "Buttigieg's big accomplishment that he never mentions on the campaign trail," 8 June 2019 Warren’s stump speech is pretty much a greatest hits package of proposals that Sanders was touting in 2016. Willie Brown,, "Elizabeth Warren can win the nomination. California is key," 8 June 2019 Chief Executive Officer Harald Krueger tried to win over the Trump administration with a 2017 visit to its Spartanburg, South Carolina plant, touting its made-in-America SUVs. Gabrielle Coppola And Andrea Navarro / Bloomberg, Time, "Why Trump's Threatened Mexico Tariffs Are Really Bad News for BMW," 6 June 2019 Cryptocurrencies, which some tout as a possible future for digital money, touch the regulated financial system only when they are bought and sold. The Economist, "Indians are switching to digital payments in droves," 6 June 2019 In a news release, the district touted Flauter reducing truancy issues, creating a traffic plan and organizing busing at the magnet academy. Rafael Guerrero, Aurora Beacon-News, "Four new principals announced for East Aurora schools," 4 June 2019 The big offenders were: Mystic Knights of Adonis, which the parish fined a total of $200 for having 23 unmasked riders and for including a convertible with a sign touting Frank Brindisi’s campaign for judge. Drew Broach,, "12 Jefferson Parish parades receive kudos, 2 fined," 4 June 2019

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,, "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

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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.
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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