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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 toadying
Historical Examples
  • "It is worth lots of toadying," declared De Vere, emphatically.

    Lancaster's Choice Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller
  • What looked like toadying was only profound deference for himself.

    The Missourian

    Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  • Now it seems to me that the toadying is all on the other side.

    Doctor Thorne

    Anthony Trollope
  • His will gives us some insight into the toadying character of the man.

    The Wits and Beaux of Society Grace Wharton and Philip Wharton
  • He was a tuft-hunter and a toady, but he did not know that he was doing amiss in seeking to rise by tuft-hunting and toadying.

    Can You Forgive Her?

    Anthony Trollope
  • I feel sure, as I said, that she's toadying to Mrs. Carnaby, and expects to make her gain out of it somehow.

    The Whirlpool George Gissing
  • There is always to be found men who swell their importance by toadying men of character and eminence.

    The Memories of Fifty Years

    William H. Sparks
  • Prominent among them were Bull and his toadying little friend, Baby Edwards.

    A Cadet's Honor

    Upton Sinclair
  • Bull Harris smiled benignly upon his toadying echo, while the rest of the gang nodded approvingly.

    A Cadet's Honor

    Upton Sinclair
  • The toadying beast is even trying to curry favour by saying that your copyhold is for life only, and that your fine is uncertain.

British Dictionary definitions for toadying

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 toadying

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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