tout1 / tout/ • v. 1. [tr.] attempt to sell (something), typically by pestering people in an aggressive or bold manner: Jim was touting his wares. ∎ (often be touted) attempt to persuade people of the merits of (someone or something): the headquarters facility was touted as the best in the country.2. [intr.] offer racing tips for a share of any resulting winnings. ∎ [tr.] chiefly Brit. spy out the movements and condition of (a racehorse in training) in order to gain information to be used when betting.• n. 1. a person soliciting custom or business, typically in an aggressive or bold manner.2. a person who offers racing tips for a share of any resulting winnings.DERIVATIVES: tout·er n.tout2 / toō/ • adj. (often le tout) used before the name of a city to refer to its high society or people of importance: le tout Washington adored him.