\ 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 The video site is full of other popular categories, such as makeup and cooking tutorials, where creators tout commercial products on air. Mark Bergen,, "Google Plans to Make YouTube a Major Shopping Destination," 9 Oct. 2020 Earlier that year, Pence paid a visit to the facility to tout manufacturing. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mike Pence, Eric Trump to campaign in Wisconsin next week," 9 Oct. 2020 Trump is expected to tout the strength of the recovery during the debate. Nihal Krishan, Washington Examiner, "Biden to attack Trump where he's strongest and make the case he's ruined the economy," 29 Sep. 2020 Despite a couple of connection glitches, the forum proceeded smoothly, with each candidate given the chance to articulate positions and tout experience and attributes. Carissa Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, "Virtual candidate forums a hot trend in Brazoria County," 24 Sep. 2020 This high-level experience easily trumps what top prospects Anthony Edwards (32 games at Georgia), LaMelo Ball (12 games in Australia’s NBL) and James Wiseman (three games at Memphis) can tout. Connor Letourneau,, "Deni Avdija is the pride of Israel, but can he be a part of the Warriors’ future?," 18 Sep. 2020 Apple will stage its traditional post-Labor Day product reveal on Tuesday, where it is expected to tout new editions of the Apple Watch and iPad. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Hey Siri, are you really '20x' more on top of it this year? Apple personal assistant getting new look in iOS 14," 13 Sep. 2020 During much of August, McConnell toured Kentucky to tout his role in passing a massive virus relief package in the spring while stating his wish to pass another round of aid once Congress reconvened. Bruce Schreiner, Star Tribune, "Democrat McGrath assails McConnell's leadership on virus," 8 Sep. 2020 Pompeo is likely to tout Trump's Mideast policies and the recent agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates to normalize relations. Arkansas Online, "Pompeo shattering precedent, sparking fury with RNC speech," 25 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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

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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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18 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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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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