verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to provide information on (a horse) running in a particular race, especially for a fee.
- to spy on (a horse in training) in order to gain information for the purpose of betting.
- a person who gives information on a horse, especially for a fee.
- Chiefly British.a person who spies on a horse in training for the purpose of betting.
Origin of tout
Related Words for toutinglaud, proclaim, praise, publicize, promote, trumpet, plug, acclaim, ballyhoo, tip, herald, push, boost, steer
Examples from the Web for touting
Contemporary Examples of touting
The pro-gun advocacy group is putting out online ads in Arkansas touting its support of Rep. Tom Cotton, the GOP Senate candidate.A Tom Cotton Ad on Grindr?
October 29, 2014
If there is one precious commodity for America, it is our touting of the First Amendment.Ferguson Shows a Nation at War With Itself
Roland S. Martin
August 16, 2014
Cuomo is touting his on-time budgets over the last four years as a “grand slam.”Powerbroker Richard Ravitch Thinks New York Might Be Doomed
April 26, 2014
The Sportsman Channel was touting its upcoming new series, “Amazing America with Sarah Palin.”CPAC: Come for the Crazy, Stay for the Party
March 7, 2014
Israel has been an enthusiastic supporter of Callis, touting her judicial background.DINO Hunting: Netroots vs. Steve Israel
February 28, 2014
Historical Examples of touting
Or was he only a purist in conduct who disapproved of Jacobus doing his own touting?'Twixt Land & Sea
I suppose the red-headed mug thinks so too, as she is touting for him.Some Everyday Folk and Dawn
Domini could scarcely believe that so magnificent a creature was touting for a franc.The Garden Of Allah
"I say I will be touting for no restaurant," I repeated, loudly.Rolling Stones
What can be got by touting among the critics is never worth the ignominy.An Autobiography
- to spy on racehorses being trained in order to obtain information for betting purposes
- to sell, or attempt to sell, such information or to take bets, esp in public places
- a person who spies on racehorses so as to obtain betting information to sell
- a person who sells information obtained by such spying
Word Origin for tout
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.