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[tohd] /toʊd/
any of various tailless amphibians that are close relatives of the frogs in the order Anura and that typically have dry, warty skin and are terrestrial or semiterrestrial in habit.
Compare frog1 (def 1).
Also called true toad. a toad of the widespread and chiefly terrestrial family Bufonidae, having relatively short hind legs used in hopping and often having at the shoulders swellings containing glands that, along with the skin, secrete an irritating fluid in defense.
Compare frog1 (def 2).
any of various toadlike animals, as certain lizards.
a person or thing as an object of disgust or aversion.
Origin of toad
before 1000; Middle English tode, Old English tāde, tādi(g)e
Related forms
toadish, toadlike, adjective
toadishness, noun
toadless, adjective
Can be confused
frog, toad. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for toad
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  • "Of money you mean, toad," she answered, kicking him with her slippered foot.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • According to one version of the story, Tschang O took the shape of this toad.

  • Mr. toad's career in the House was as correct as his conduct out of it.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • One of the ablest men, Mr. toad, after all, that this country ever produced.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • I was more loathsome in my own eyes than was a toad, and I thought I was so in God's eyes too.


    James Anthony Froude
  • There is a charming story about a toad, called Monsieur le Vicomte.

  • When the toad first emerges from the egg it is amazingly like the fish.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • It seemed to him to combine the repulsive qualities of a spider and a toad.

    Martians Never Die Lucius Daniel
British Dictionary definitions for toad


any anuran amphibian of the class Bufonidae, such as Bufo bufo (common toad) of Europe. They are similar to frogs but are more terrestrial, having a drier warty skin related adjective batrachian
any of various similar amphibians of different families
a loathsome person
Derived Forms
toadish, toadlike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English tādige, of unknown origin; see tadpole
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Word Origin and History for toad

Old English tadige, tadie, of unknown origin and with no known cognates outside English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for toad



A repellent person; asshole: The only time you want the guy to ask first is if he's a toad (1568+)

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knee-high to a grasshopper

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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