Meaning of TOUT in English


I. ˈtau̇t, usu -au̇d.+V verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English tuten; akin to Old English tōtian to stick out, protrude, Norwegian tyte to stick out, ooze out, Frisian tūte pipe, spout, snout

intransitive verb

1. : to canvass for customers : solicit patronage : urge with annoying persistence

peeled potatoes … and when otherwise unoccupied touted for custom from the passersby — E.M.Lustgarten


a. chiefly Britain : to spy out the movements of racehorses at their trials or to get by stealth or other improper means the secrets of the stable for betting purposes

b. : to give a tip on a racehorse

transitive verb

1. : to spy on : watch closely

candidates are touted for possible political faux pas


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

b. : to give a tip on (a racehorse) to a bettor with the expectation of sharing in his winnings

3. : to solicit importunately

supplied the ideas and touted … businessmen for orders — Geoffrey Household

: peddled in an annoyingly persistent manner

the old woman of eighty who touted Paris-Soir … from café and café — Bruce Marshall

II. noun

( -s )

1. : one that touts: as

a. : one who solicits custom

tourists … besieged by touts for tailoring and other establishments — H.R.Lieberman

b. chiefly Britain : one who secretly watches racehorses in training or gets racing information by improper means for betting purposes

c. : one who gives a tip on a racehorse for an expected compensation but especially in hopes of a share in the winnings

2. : the act of touting : lookout , watch

a pickpocket on the tout for a careless stroller

III. ˈtau̇t, ˈtüt transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: origin unknown

Scotland : to tease in a vexing manner

IV. ˈtau̇t noun

( -s )

chiefly Scotland : a slight illness

V. ˈtau̇t also ˈtüt, usu -d.+V transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: alteration (perhaps influenced by tout ) (I) of toot (III)

: to proclaim loudly : overly publicize : ballyhoo

touted as the world's most elaborate suburban shopping development — Wall Street Journal

work is touted as the basic virtue — H.H.Mansfield

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.