- an obsequious flatterer; sycophant.
- to be the toady to.
- to be a toady.
Origin of toady
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Examples from the Web for toadies
After a time these "toadies" were disappointed in the daughter of the "sugar king."Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies
Alice B. Emerson
Mr. Parasyte, still dripping from his bath, embarked with his toadies.Breaking Away
But if not Ted's toadies, then who could be wandering about up there?The Banner Boy Scouts on a Tour
George A. Warren
"But I'll mash him, see if I don't," he said to his toadies.The Wizard of the Sea
As for her tart retorts, terrifying to bores and toadies, they only amused him.William Pitt and the Great War
John Holland Rose
- a person who flatters and ingratiates himself or herself in a servile way; sycophant
- to fawn on and flatter (someone)
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.