- To tout is to try to sell something or to try to convince people of something.
- When a salesman shows off his goods and tries to sell them, this is an example of a salesman who touts his goods.
- An example of tout is when you try to convince everyone to come around to a specific idea you have.
- to solicit customers, patrons, votes, etc.
- esp. in England, to spy on racehorses in training, etc. in order to secure tips for betting
- to provide betting tips on horse races
Origin: Middle English toten from Old English totian, to peep, look out after
- to praise or recommend highly; puff
- to solicit or importune, as for business
- to spy out or otherwise get information on (racehorses)
- ☆ to give a tip on (a racehorse) for a price
- touter noun
Origin: Fr, literally , all
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verb tout·ed, tout·ing, touts verb, intransitive
- To solicit customers, votes, or patronage, especially in a brazen way.
- To obtain and deal in information on racehorses.
- To solicit or importune: street vendors who were touting pedestrians.
- Chiefly British To obtain or sell information on (a racehorse or stable) for the guidance of bettors.
- To promote or praise energetically; publicize: “For every study touting the benefits of hormone therapy, another warns of the risks” (Yanick Rice Lamb).
- Chiefly British One who obtains information on racehorses and their prospects and sells it to bettors.
- One who solicits customers brazenly or persistently: “The administration of the nation's literary affairs falls naturally into the hands of touts and thieves” (Lewis H. Lapham).
- Chiefly Scots and Irish Slang One who informs against others; an informer.
Origin: Middle English tuten, to peer.
- toutˈer noun
tout - Business Definition
- To foster interest in something. For example, a broker might tout a security to a client in the hope that the client will purchase the security.
- To offer gambling advice for a fee.