Definition of tout noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

tout

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//taʊt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//taʊt//
 
People in theatre
 
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(also ticket tout) (both British English) (North American English scalper) a person who buys tickets for concerts, sports events, etc. and then sells them to other people at a higher price See related entries: People in theatre Word Origin Middle English tute ‘look out’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch tuit ‘spout, nozzle’. Later senses were ‘watch, spy on’ (late 17th cent.) and ‘solicit custom’ (mid 18th cent.). The noun was first recorded (early 18th cent.) in the slang use ‘thieves' lookout’.