\ 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

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 McBride, the director of the First Ladies Initiative, sees Biden’s part in this tour as similar to Eleanor Roosevelt traveling the country to visit places that had been hard-hit by the Great Depression and tout New Deal programs. Washington Post, "Jill Biden hits the road as a key messenger on the White House’s stimulus victory lap," 20 Mar. 2021 Finland, a small Scandinavian country with a population of around 5.5 million, has used past wins to tout tourism and promote its natural beauty. Saphora Smith, NBC News, "Finland was the world's happiest country again last year despite Covid-19's impact," 19 Mar. 2021 Now that the relief plan is the law of the land, first lady Jill Biden, Harris, second gentleman Doug Emhoff and Biden will all blitz the U.S. to tout the plan to Americans and help educate them on what exactly is included. Justin Gomez, ABC News, "Biden, Democrats celebrate 'transformational' victory on COVID-19 relief," 12 Mar. 2021 The Pence aide described the former vice president's speech as one that will focus on traditional conservative talking points but will also tout what Pence sees as the accomplishments of the Trump administration. Meg Kinnard, Star Tribune, "Pence to give speech in SC, his 1st since leaving office," 8 Mar. 2021 The Pence aide described the former vice president's speech as one that will focus on traditional conservative talking points but will also tout what Pence sees as the accomplishments of the Trump administration. Meg Kinnard, USA TODAY, "Pence to speak to South Carolina conservatives in his first address since leaving office," 8 Mar. 2021 Opt for brighter tones like sangria, rosebush, and a cornflower blue-hued Aegean, or tout neutral shades like cloud, olive, and a trendy cocoa brown. Zarah Kavarana, Travel + Leisure, "Amazon Shoppers Say These $30 Joggers ‘Have the Exact Same Feel and Wear’ as a Lululemon Favorite," 5 Mar. 2021 Statements that tout diversity with no real legwork do more to harm than to help. Stephanie Burns, Forbes, "Corporate Social Responsibility Is More Important Than Ever–Here’s How To Ensure Your Company Is Stepping Up," 4 Mar. 2021 Hoff and Zaitz certainly seem readier to tout studies that confirm their views, and reluctant to acknowledge any flaws that nuclear energy may have. Rebecca Tuhus-dubrow, The New Yorker, "The Activists Who Embrace Nuclear Power," 19 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lots of courses are marketing nine-hole options, and some tout even fewer holes than that. Ed Sherman, WSJ, "Golf Courses Target Those Who Think 18 Holes Is Just Too Many," 7 Apr. 2021 People close to Biden tout Avril Haines as a likely contender. Tracy Wilkinson Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Who might Biden choose to run State Dept., NSA other foreign policy jobs?," 28 Oct. 2020 With the new Chromecast, Google can now compete in streaming effectively on the same playing field as Amazon and Roku, which each tout having 40 million customers each for their streaming services. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Why Chromecast is the most interesting of Google's new products," 1 Oct. 2020 According to the notice, the old wreck would be torn down tout suite at a cost of $29,000, which would be billed to the absentee owner. Doug Maccash,, "Blighted building managed by city recovery official gets artsy makeover, then a demo notice," 14 Aug. 2020 Murata Manufacturing and Teijin Frontier, the two companies behind the textile technology, tout PIECLEX for use in everything from odor control to protective face masks. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "What If Your Face Mask Could Kill Coronavirus With Electricity?," 5 June 2020 Example: My tout that the Utah Jazz will reach the Western Conference finals isn’t looking especially clever at the minute. Marc Stein, New York Times, "5 New N.B.A. Truths," 18 Dec. 2019 Fear, few answers While some tout vaping as a helpful way to stop smoking, there is not much research to support that claim. Lauren Caruba,, "‘These are 20-year-olds’: Vaping-related illnesses surface at San Antonio hospitals," 12 Sep. 2019 The Note 10 Plus touts stronger power, improved video and audio and a whole bunch of gimmicky features most readers won't be bothered with. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Pricey Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus does terrific video, at a cost," 20 Aug. 2019

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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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29 Mar 2021

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“Tout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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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