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tout

[ tout ]
/ taʊt /
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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

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Origin of tout

First recorded in 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
/ (taʊt) /

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

Derived forms of tout

touter, 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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