verb (used without object)

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

verb (used with object)


Origin of tout

1350–1400; Middle English tuten to look out, peer; probably akin to Old English tōtian to peep out Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for touted

Contemporary Examples of touted

Historical Examples of touted

  • You thought Elisha could win—and you went and touted me on to the other one?

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

  • Get it touted right for 'artistic,' and the tanks'll think they like it, even if they don't.

    Harlequin and Columbine

    Booth Tarkington

  • The Duchess of Queensberry "touted" for him everywhere, even at Court.

  • When he reached the Nadir of shabbiness, he touted in Piccadilly among the cabs, and picked up a few coppers in that way.

    The Chequers

    James Runciman

  • If you get it touted to the tank towns that you've got a play with the great religious gonzabo, then your show's a big property.

    Harlequin and Columbine

    Booth Tarkington

British Dictionary definitions for touted



to solicit (business, customers, etc) or hawk (merchandise), esp in a brazen way
  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


  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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for touted



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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