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tout

[tout] /taʊt/
verb (used without object)
1.
to solicit business, employment, votes, or the like, importunately.
2.
Horse Racing. to act as a tout.
verb (used with object)
3.
to solicit support for importunately.
4.
to describe or advertise boastfully; publicize or promote; praise extravagantly:
a highly touted nightclub.
5.
Horse Racing.
  1. to provide information on (a horse) running in a particular race, especially for a fee.
  2. to spy on (a horse in training) in order to gain information for the purpose of betting.
6.
to watch; spy on.
noun
7.
a person who solicits business, employment, support, or the like, importunately.
8.
Horse Racing.
  1. a person who gives information on a horse, especially for a fee.
  2. Chiefly British. a person who spies on a horse in training for the purpose of betting.
9.
British. a ticket scalper.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English tuten to look out, peer; probably akin to Old English tōtian to peep out
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Examples from the web for touts
  • Avoid the unctuous touts who swarm hotel lobbies and tourist sites.
  • The sites themselves are neatly maintained, but the experience is vitiated by touts and illegal guides.
  • Unsolicited e-mail that touts penny stocks is on the rise and getting results.
  • Many artists say they want to shut out the touts-an impossible task.
  • But the government touts the project as a triumph of its trade policy.
  • Amazon touts the use of its cloud-computing servers to access and download audio, video, books and other media on demand.
  • Gone are the sweaty officials and greasy baggage handlers of yore, the taxi touts and shoving crowds.
  • touts on trains and at traffic junctions wave his books across the country.
  • The company touts its diapers as being eco-friendly by offering a biodegradable disposable diaper or reusable inserts.
  • It's also cheaper, faster and more comfortable than a taxi, so don't be taken in by persistent touts.
British Dictionary definitions for touts

tout

/taʊt/
verb
1.
to solicit (business, customers, etc) or hawk (merchandise), esp in a brazen way
2.
(intransitive)
  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
3.
(transitive) (informal) to recommend flatteringly or excessively
noun
4.
  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
5.
a person who solicits business in a brazen way
6.
Also called ticket tout. a person who sells tickets unofficially for a heavily booked sporting event, concert, etc, at greatly inflated prices
7.
(Ulster) a police informer
Derived Forms
touter, noun
Word Origin
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 touts

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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Slang definitions & phrases for touts

tour guide

noun phrase

A person who aids and supports someone having a psychedelic drug experience or ''trip''; guru (1960s+ Narcotics)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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