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toady

[toh-dee] /ˈtoʊ di/
noun, plural toadies.
1.
an obsequious flatterer; sycophant.
verb (used with object), toadied, toadying.
2.
to be the toady to.
verb (used without object), toadied, toadying.
3.
to be a toady.
Origin of toady
1680-1690
First recorded in 1680-90; toad + -y2
Related forms
toadyish, adjective
toadyism, noun
untoadying, adjective
Synonyms
1. fawner, yes man, parasite, apple polisher.
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Examples from the Web for toady
Historical Examples
  • I mean to hold my own, and do as I please with my own, and live as I like, and toady no one.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • I guess they got you up here simply to make you toady to them.

    The Rover Boys on a Hunt Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)
  • "I did—but I was afraid the fellows would kill me if I didn't do it," whined the toady.

    Breaking Away Oliver Optic
  • "I shan't hit you while you're down," said toady calmly but decisively.

    Tabitha's Vacation

    Ruth Alberta Brown
  • toady was in deadly earnest, but still the older boy temporized.

    Tabitha's Vacation

    Ruth Alberta Brown
  • Billiard has been used to saying the word and toady has obeyed.

    Tabitha's Vacation

    Ruth Alberta Brown
  • "Up Pike's Peak," said toady, without so touch as looking back.

    Tabitha's Vacation

    Ruth Alberta Brown
  • toady's never seen what one looks like, so we're taking him along to get a peek at it.

    Tabitha's Vacation

    Ruth Alberta Brown
  • Oh, pshaw, toady, I tell you there ain't such a thing as a ghost!

    Tabitha's Vacation

    Ruth Alberta Brown
  • "Oh, I'll take you up," cried the other, stung into recklessness by toady's taunts.

    Tabitha's Vacation

    Ruth Alberta Brown
British Dictionary definitions for toady

toady

/ˈtəʊdɪ/
noun (pl) toadies
1.
a person who flatters and ingratiates himself or herself in a servile way; sycophant
verb toadies, toadying, toadied
2.
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 toady
n.

"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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