tout

verb
\ 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

tout

noun

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

Statistics from Stuyvesant High School, which touts four Nobel Prize laureates among its alumni, were of particular interest to those critical of the new admissions figures. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Critics React to the Lack of Black and Latinx Diversity at New York City's Specialized Schools," 19 Mar. 2019 The news media has touted the park’s transformation from a bustling open-air drug market to one of the most beautiful fields in the country. Kate Morgan, Woman's Day, "A New Jersey Softball Team Is Lifting Its City's Spirits," 21 Mar. 2019 Ford unveiled its plans to move to Detroit last week, touting it as a new chapter in Corktown’s history and promising new retail space, restaurants, and offices, in addition to 2,500 jobs. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Ford taps Snøhetta to design new downtown Detroit campus," 26 June 2018 Companies producing lab-grown diamonds with renewable energy have popped up globally, touting the gems’ ability to dazzle without harm. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, "Would You Pay $32,709 for a Lab-Grown Diamond?," 1 Mar. 2019 The robot was unveiled earlier this week at an event in Japan where Groove X engineers touted Lovot’s ability to become part of a family. James Vincent, The Verge, "Japan’s latest home robot isn’t useful — it’s designed to be loved," 20 Dec. 2018 Trump seems to want a network that would be more narrowly focused on touting the greatness of the US. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Trump proposes a government-run TV news network to counter CNN," 27 Nov. 2018 As for the other ingredients in Newborn, the brand touts hyaluronic acid, squalene, and vitamin E as the supporting cast in this cream. Marci Robin, Allure, ""Newborn" Cream Claims to Give Adults Baby-Soft Skin With a Surprising Ingredient," 29 Oct. 2018 Now the Ohio Republican, facing his first competitive general election, is touting his opposition to the GOP replacement health bill last year as a symbol of his independence from President Trump. Fox News, "Video from 2011 creates headaches for Sinema," 12 Oct. 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, SFChronicle.com, "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, Bloomberg.com, "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

Verb

circa 1700, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

Noun

1853, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tout

Verb

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

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tout

verb

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

tout

noun

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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