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[toh-dee] /ˈtoʊ di/
noun, plural toadies.
an obsequious flatterer; sycophant.
verb (used with object), toadied, toadying.
to be the toady to.
verb (used without object), toadied, toadying.
to be a toady.
Origin of toady
First recorded in 1680-90; toad + -y2
Related forms
toadyish, adjective
toadyism, noun
untoadying, adjective
1. fawner, yes man, parasite, apple polisher. Unabridged
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  • She goes for every new girl, and toadies till she's got all she can, or grows tired of it.

  • After a time these "toadies" were disappointed in the daughter of the "sugar king."

  • He made an incident of this, and looked round the table for sympathy, and obtained it, especially from such as were toadies.

  • Mr. Parasyte, still dripping from his bath, embarked with his toadies.

    Breaking Away Oliver Optic
  • I don't think any of us do much, except Opal, who toadies to her most fearfully.

    A Fortunate Term Angela Brazil
  • "But I'll mash him, see if I don't," he said to his toadies.

    The Wizard of the Sea Roy Rockwood
  • Sister says she toadies fearfully, and she flirted like a silly at the games, and at the drill.

  • He was as open to flattery as a school-girl who distributes the contents of her hamper among a circle of toadies.

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. I (of 3) M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon
  • One or two toadies sidled up and professed a sympathy which was more offensive than the badinage.

    Roger Ingleton, Minor Talbot Baines Reed
  • Presently we followed, leaving the pack of toadies in sad disappointment below.

    Richard Carvel, Complete Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for toadies


noun (pl) toadies
a person who flatters and ingratiates himself or herself in a servile way; sycophant
verb toadies, toadying, toadied
to fawn on and flatter (someone)
Derived Forms
toadyish, adjective
toadyism, noun
Word Origin
C19: shortened from toadeater
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Word Origin and History for toadies



"servile parasite," 1826, apparently shortened from toad-eater "fawning flatterer" (1742), originally referring to the assistant of a charlatan, who ate a toad (believed to be poisonous) to enable his master to display his skill in expelling the poison (1620s). The verb is recorded from 1827. Related: Toadied; toadying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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