Meaning of TOUT in English


I. ˈtau̇t, in sense 4 also ˈtüt verb

Etymology: Middle English tuten to protrude, peer; probably akin to Old English tōtian to stick out, Norwegian tyte

Date: circa 1700

transitive verb

1. : to spy on : watch


a. British : to spy out information about (as a racing stable or horse)

b. : to give a tip or solicit bets on (a racehorse)

3. : to solicit, peddle, or persuade importunately

not meant to tout you off the movie — Russell Baker

4. : to make much of : promote , talk up

tout ed as the summer's blockbuster movie

the college's much tout ed women's studies program

intransitive verb

1. : to solicit patronage


a. chiefly British : to spy on racehorses in training to gain information for betting

b. : to give a tip or solicit bets on a racehorse

II. noun

Date: 1853

: one who touts: 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

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.