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Dictionary Definition

tout

Noun

1 someone who buys tickets to an event in order to resell them at a profit [syn: ticket tout]
2 someone who advertises for customers in an especially brazen way [syn: touter]
3 one who sells advice about gambling or speculation (especially at the racetrack) [syn: tipster]

Verb

1 advertize in strongly positive terms; "This product was touted as a revolutionary invention"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. To flaunt, to publicize/publicise; to boast or brag; to promote.
    They are touting their PowerSpheres, but I don't know how well those really work.

Translations

To flaunt, to publicize/publicise; to boast or brag; to promote

Noun

  1. someone advertising for customers in an aggressive way

Translations

someone advertising for customers in an aggressive way

Derived terms

French

Etymology

Compare Catalan tot, Italian tutto, Portuguese todo, Romanian tot, Spanish todo.

Pronunciation

Adjective

tout m (f toute, m plural tous, f plural toutes)

Adverb

tout

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

In British English, a tout is any person who solicits business or employment in an importune manner (generally equivalent to a solicitor in American English).
A ticket tout is someone who engages in ticket resale for more than the face value of the ticket (though a ticket reseller is known colloquially as a scalper rather than a solicitor in North American parlance).
Another example would be a person who frequents heavily touristed areas and presents himself as a tour guide (particularly towards those who do not speak the local language). In a similar fashion a tout would be someone who, acting upon his own initiative, loads or unloads the baggage from a bus, then demands payment for his services from the passengers. Some touts operate in holiday areas on behalf of local bars, restaurant or hotels, being paid to direct tourists towards certain establishments. However, in Kenya, which was a British colony, a tout is a legitimate, though not very respected occupation. Touts ride on "matatus," minivans that serve as the primary form of public transportation, collecting the fare and soliciting passengers.
In gambling parlance, a tout is a person who sells sports betting information to bettors. Another use for the term is when used to refer to an informer or spy. This use is very common in Northern Ireland, particularly in Belfast.

References

According to American Bar Association :: Touting: Where a person advertises, promotes, or otherwise describes a security for sale without disclosing that the person is being paid to do so.
tout in Italian: Bagarinaggio

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

acclaim, adherent, adventurer, adviser, advocate, aggrandize, amplify, announcer, annunciator, applauder, appreciator, authority, back, ballyhoo, ballyhoo man, ballyhooer, barker, betting ring, bettor, boneshaker, boost, booster, buff, build up, burlesque, canvasser, cardshark, cardsharp, cardsharper, caricature, carry too far, channel, claqueur, commend, commender, communicant, communicator, compulsive gambler, crap shooter, cry up, dopester, draw the longbow, encomiast, enlightener, eulogist, eulogizer, exaggerate, expert witness, extoller, fan, gambler, gamester, go to extremes, gossipmonger, grapevine, hawk, hazarder, herald, hype, hyperbolize, informant, information center, information medium, informer, interviewee, laud, lauder, lay it on, magnify, make much of, monitor, mouthpiece, newsmonger, notifier, overcharge, overdo, overdraw, overestimate, overpraise, overreach, overreact, oversell, overspeak, overstate, overstress, panegyrist, peddle, petty gambler, piker, pile it on, pitchman, player, plug, plugger, plunger, praise, praiser, press, proclaim, promote, promoter, public relations officer, publicize, publisher, puff, puffer, punter, push, radio, recommend, reporter, rooter, sell, sharp, sharper, sharpie, solicitor, source, speak highly of, speak warmly of, speak well of, speculator, spieler, spokesman, sport, sporting man, sportsman, stretch, stretch the truth, support, surveillance, talk big, talk in superlatives, television, teller, tinhorn, tipster, touter, travesty, trumpet, venturer, vigil, vigilance, wagerer, watch, watch and ward, witness
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