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[hop-tohd] /ˈhɒpˌtoʊd/
noun, Chiefly Northeastern U.S.
a toad.
Origin of hoptoad
An Americanism dating back to 1820-30; hop1 + toad Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • So the girls ran over to meet their Guardian, and the hoptoad was averted.

    Winona of the Camp Fire Margaret Widdemer
  • The hoptoad was floor manager; the green burdock badge on his breast showed that.

  • On the afternoon of that same day, Marmaduke was sitting like a hoptoad, watching the Toyman dig post-holes in the brook pasture.

    Half-Past Seven Stories Robert Gordon Anderson
  • One minute she was jumpin' along amongst them gravestones like a hoptoad with wings, and then—Zing!

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • One day we were sittin' out in the front yard of his house—it's mine, now—watchin' a hoptoad catch flies.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • "Very likely," Reed answered rather shortly, as once more the hoptoad of a hand rested unpleasantly close to his shoulder.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
Word Origin and History for hoptoad

by 1827, American English, from hop (v.) + toad.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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