V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


verb, noun

Definition: (v.) to advertise something in an enthusiastic or brazen way; (n.) 1. a person who sells something in a brazen or enthusiastic way; 2. a person who obtains and sells information about racehorses

Synonyms: (v.) advertise, publicize, laud, praise, promote, guide, (n.) expert, solicitor, promoter

Antonyms: hide, keep secret

Tips: Tout is derived from the Old English totian, which means "to peer, look, spy." Eventually, the word came to hold its current meaning, "to attract customers." Tout is used in this sense as both a verb and a noun (see usage examples). Tout is a more sophisticated way of saying "advertise" or "to praise something" and usually refers to someone advertising or praising something that benefits him or herself.

Usage Examples:

The politician is likely to tout tax cuts in order to get reelected. (promote, laud, publicize) verb

The toy company is touting the success of its new line of dolls. (lauding, praising, publicizing) verb

Rick was upset after he paid a tout for racehorse information and still didn't win any of his bets at the track. (expert, guide) noun

I think it's important to tout your accomplishments at work; just don't brag too much. (advertise, promote) verb

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