\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 flamboyant lawyer with 2020 presidential aspirations shared on Twitter another email to Davis outlining his requests for the committee, followed by a tweet touting a court appearance with Daniels later in the day. Emily Stewart, Vox, "What does Michael Avenatti have on Brett Kavanaugh? What we know so far.," 24 Sep. 2018 Lufthansa has touted its ability to board some 350 passengers onto an A380 in 20 minutes, thanks to facials scans that are sent and checked against the existing CBP photo databasein just seconds. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Biometrics Worked! U.S. Border Patrol Celebrates Success of Early Tech," 24 Aug. 2018 And any slim chance for restorative justice, a process that some defenders have touted as a natural inevitability should Onfroy not have died, is now gone. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "How Will XXXTentacion Be Remembered?," 19 June 2018 As a result, cryptocurrency proponents have touted the technology’s potential to upend existing payments and banking systems. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Bitcoin Could 'Bring the Internet to a Halt,' Says Banking Oversight Firm. Here's Why," 18 June 2018 Long touted for its role in keeping bones strong — vitamin D also may be important in preventing colon cancer. NBC News, "Vitamin D may lower colon cancer risk, especially in women, study finds," 14 June 2018 Since taking office, the president has also touted changes in crime and unemployment rates and the value of the stock market. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Immigration Forces Beyond Trump’s Control," 8 June 2018 Trump has touted his decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem as a key campaign promise kept and the move was celebrated by conservative leaders in the United States and Israel. Jeremy Diamond, CNN, "Trump again signs embassy waiver despite move to Jerusalem," 5 June 2018 The Fox business school touts an enrollment of more than 9,000 students and has more than 200 full-time faculty. Susan Snyder,, "AG's office opens probe into Temple business school scandal," 13 July 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,, "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.

: 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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