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toady

[toh-dee]
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noun, plural toad·ies.
  1. an obsequious flatterer; sycophant.
verb (used with object), toad·ied, toad·y·ing.
  1. to be the toady to.
verb (used without object), toad·ied, toad·y·ing.
  1. to be a toady.

Origin of toady

First recorded in 1680–90; toad + -y2
Related formstoad·y·ish, adjectivetoad·y·ism, nounun·toad·y·ing, adjective

Synonyms

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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


British Dictionary definitions for toadying

toady

noun plural toadies
  1. a person who flatters and ingratiates himself or herself in a servile way; sycophant
verb toadies, toadying or toadied
  1. to fawn on and flatter (someone)
Derived Formstoadyish, adjectivetoadyism, 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.

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