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[toh-dee] /ˈtoʊ di/
noun, plural toadies.
an obsequious flatterer; sycophant.
verb (used with object), toadied, toadying.
to be the toady to.
verb (used without object), toadied, toadying.
to be a toady.
Origin of toady
First recorded in 1680-90; toad + -y2
Related forms
toadyish, adjective
toadyism, noun
untoadying, adjective
1. fawner, yes man, parasite, apple polisher. Unabridged
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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


noun (pl) toadies
a person who flatters and ingratiates himself or herself in a servile way; sycophant
verb toadies, toadying, toadied
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



"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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