Meaning of TOUT in English


I. tout 1 /taʊt/ BrE AmE verb

[ Date: 1700-1800 ; Origin: tout 'to look secretly, watch' (14-19 centuries) , perhaps from an unrecorded Old English tutian ]

1 . [transitive] to praise something or someone in order to persuade people that they are important or worth a lot:

his much touted musical

be touted as something

Nell is being touted as the next big thing in Hollywood.

2 . [intransitive and transitive] especially British English to try to persuade people to buy goods or services you are offering

tout for business/custom British English (=look for customers)

Minicab drivers are not allowed to tout for business.

3 . [intransitive and transitive] American English to give someone information about a horse in a race

II. tout 2 BrE AmE ( also ticket tout ) noun [countable] British English

someone who buys tickets for a concert, sports match etc and sells them at a higher price, usually on the street near a sports ground, theatre etc SYN scalper American English

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.