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

     

    tout

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//taʊt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//taʊt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tout
    BrE BrE//taʊt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//taʊt//
     
    he / she / it touts
    BrE BrE//taʊts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//taʊts//
     
    past simple touted
    BrE BrE//ˈtaʊtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtaʊtɪd//
     
    past participle touted
    BrE BrE//ˈtaʊtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtaʊtɪd//
     
    -ing form touting
    BrE BrE//ˈtaʊtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtaʊtɪŋ//
     
    Committing crime
     
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  1. 1[transitive] tout somebody/something (as something) to try to persuade people that somebody/something is important or valuable by praising them/it She's being touted as the next leader of the party. Their much-touted expansion plans have come to nothing.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] (especially British English) to try to persuade people to buy your goods or services, especially by going to them and asking them directly tout (for something) the problem of unlicensed taxi drivers touting for business at airports tout something He's busy touting his client's latest book around London publishers.
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] (British English) (North American English scalp) tout (something) to sell tickets for a popular event illegally, at a price that is higher than the official price, especially outside a theatre, stadium, etc. See related entries: Committing crime
  4. 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’.