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

O'Rourke, meanwhile, has touted mandatory gun buybacks. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Sunday Trail Markers: Dems call for Kavanaugh's impeachment," 15 Sep. 2019 Paleontologists in Canada have also touted the discovery of the world’s largest Tyrannosaurus rex. Fox News, "Day the dinosaurs died: Asteroid impact site reveals devastation from power of 10 billion A-bombs," 10 Sep. 2019 Six Sigma was a classic management fashion, Abrahamson says, and GE was its leading model, a high-performing company touted by consultants eager to help other firms implement the system. Oliver Staley, Quartz at Work, "Whatever happened to Six Sigma?," 3 Sep. 2019 Surprisingly, despite virtual currency being touted by many as the next big and safe investment option, a good number of Indian HNIs (nearly 50%) are unaware of it. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "Many ultra-rich Indians are becoming jittery about their wealth," 30 Aug. 2019 Similar to alkaline water, which was huge a few years ago, hydrogen water is being touted as having incredible health benefits. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "The Truth About Hydrogen Water and Its Benefits, According to a Nutritionist," 29 Aug. 2019 Kanalia is perched in the hills of Karditsa and is touted as the balcony of the region of Thessaly below. Marissa A. Ross, Bon Appétit, "If You Try One Greek Wine This Fall, Make It This," 28 Aug. 2019 Protecting the Amazon is often touted as one of the most effective ways to mitigate the effect of climate change. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "The Amazon is burning at record rates—and deforestation is to blame," 21 Aug. 2019 Central registration lists have likewise been used for confiscation in Australia and the United Kingdom, both touted as models by American gun-control advocates. David B. Kopel, National Review, "Trump Must Not Break His Promises to Gun-Rights Supporters," 16 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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