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 At the London Marathon this past April, a race which was touted as having the strongest women’s field of any marathon ever, Diver led by about 14 seconds at the halfway mark. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "How Masters Women Dominated the New York City Marathon," 6 Nov. 2019 The device was touted for sending users with one click to a Ray Lewis website and giving players the ability to manage their fantasy football teams from anywhere, anytime. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "How Ravens great Ray Lewis was once entangled with a key figure in Ukraine scandal," 5 Nov. 2019 The auto industry, aviation giants and an ever-evolving list of startups are increasingly entering the race toward producing consumer-ready flying cars and air taxis, many of which are touted as fully electric. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Possibility or pipe dream: How close are we to seeing flying cars?," 4 Nov. 2019 Cities are often touted as climate leaders, and many have set aggressive climate goals in recent years. oregonlive, "Cities, states and companies vow to meet US climate goals without Trump. Can they?," 4 Nov. 2019 Enter carbon capture and storage technology, which seeks to prevent CO2 emissions from entering the atmosphere and has been touted as a possible solution to the climate crisis. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "How the dirtiest power station in western Europe switched to renewable energy," 23 Oct. 2019 Heading into this season, U-M was touted as a contender. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Big Ten football power rankings: Did Michigan football's loss at Penn State drop them?," 21 Oct. 2019 This circle of businessmen and Republican donors touted connections to Giuliani and Trump while trying to install new management at the top of Ukraine’s massive state gas company. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Profit, not politics: Trump allies sought Ukraine gas deal," 8 Oct. 2019 This circle of businessmen and Republican donors touted connections to Giuliani and Trump while trying to install new management at the top of Ukraine’s massive state gas company. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 7 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, ExpressNews.com, "‘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 This gratitude is sorely lacking in those today, on the left and the right, who condemn the Founding tout court. Daniel J. Mahoney, National Review, "Democracy’s Moral Foundations: Recovering Our ‘Constitution in Full’," 20 June 2019 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

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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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14 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for tout

The first known use of tout was circa 1700

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tout

verb
How to pronounce tout (audio) How to pronounce tout (audio)

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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