tout

[tout]Informal.

verb (used without object)

to solicit business, employment, votes, or the like, importunately.
Horse Racing. to act as a tout.

verb (used with object)

noun


Nearby words

  1. tousle,
  2. tousled,
  3. toussaint,
  4. toussaint l'ouverture,
  5. toussaint l'ouverture, françois dominique,
  6. tout comprendre, c'est tout pardonner,
  7. tout court,
  8. tout de suite,
  9. tout ensemble,
  10. tout le monde

Origin of tout

1350–1400; Middle English tuten to look out, peer; probably akin to Old English tōtian to peep out

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British Dictionary definitions for tout

tout

verb

to solicit (business, customers, etc) or hawk (merchandise), esp in a brazen way
(intr)
  1. to spy on racehorses being trained in order to obtain information for betting purposes
  2. to sell, or attempt to sell, such information or to take bets, esp in public places
(tr) informal to recommend flatteringly or excessively

noun

  1. a person who spies on racehorses so as to obtain betting information to sell
  2. a person who sells information obtained by such spying
a person who solicits business in a brazen way
Also called: ticket tout a person who sells tickets unofficially for a heavily booked sporting event, concert, etc, at greatly inflated prices
Ulster a police informer
Derived Formstouter, noun

Word Origin for tout

C14 (in the sense: to peer, look out): related to Old English tӯtan to peep out

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Word Origin and History for tout

tout

v.

1700, thieves' cant, "to act as a lookout, spy on," from Middle English tuten "to peep, peer," probably from a variant of Old English totian "to stick out, peep, peer," from Proto-Germanic *tut- "project" (cf. Dutch tuit "sprout, snout," Middle Dutch tute "nipple, pap," Middle Low German tute "horn, funnel," Old Norse tota "teat, toe of a shoe"). The sense developed to "look out for jobs, votes, etc., to try to get them" (1731), then "praise highly" (1920). Related: Touted; touting.

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