- 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 toadying
"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
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?
- 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 toadying
"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.