Meaning of tout

tout

Pronunciation: (tout), [key]
— Informal. Informal.
—v.i.
  1. to solicit business, employment, votes, or the like, importunately.
  2. to act as a tout.
—v.t.
  1. to solicit support for importunately.
  2. to describe or advertise boastfully; publicize or promote; praise extravagantly: a highly touted nightclub.
    1. to provide information on (a horse) running in a particular race, esp. for a fee.
    2. to spy on (a horse in training) in order to gain information for the purpose of betting.
  3. to watch; spy on.
—n.
  1. a person who solicits business, employment, support, or the like, importunately.
    1. a person who gives information on a horse, esp. for a fee.
    2. Chiefly Brit.a person who spies on a horse in training for the purpose of betting.
  2. a ticket scalper.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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