- 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 tout is to try to sell something or to try to convince people of something.
- 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 of toutMiddle 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
Informal a person who touts; esp., a person who makes a business of selling tips on racehorses
everyone who is important or fashionable in; every one of (a specified place): tout Hollywood was at the party
Origin of toutFr, literally , all
verbtout·ed, tout·ing, touts
- To promote or praise energetically; publicize: “For every study touting the benefits of hormone therapy, another warns of the risks” ( Yanick Rice Lamb )
- 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 solicit customers, votes, or patronage, especially in a brazen way.
- Chiefly British To obtain and deal in information on racehorses.
- 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 British One who obtains information on racehorses and their prospects and sells it to bettors.
- Chiefly Scots and Irish Slang One who informs against others; an informer.
Origin of toutEarly Modern English to be on the lookout for (customers, information, etc.) from Middle English tuten to peer Old English tōtian to protrude, peep out