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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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  • At Government House she was not a frequent visitor, the foppery and toadyism there were revolting to her.

    Australia Revenged Boomerang
  • Mere contempt for toadyism and flunkeyism was not at all times the prevailing motive with him which he supposed it to be.

  • One of the most pitiful cases of toadyism known to me was witnessed that very day in the foot-ball field.

  • It is a species of toadyism that is invariably omitted from textbooks on the sublime art of sycophancy.

    Wanted: A Cook Alan Dale
  • He always hated affectation and toadyism and liked sincerity and simplicity.

    The Life of King Edward VII J. Castell Hopkins
  • Following her came her companion, Miss Strint, who had carried self-suppression and toadyism to the point of inspiration.

    Adventures of Bindle Herbert George Jenkins
  • Janetta's unselfish admiration for her friend was as simple as it was true, and it was never alloyed by envy or toadyism.

    A True Friend Adeline Sergeant
  • His occasional smile ran through all the gamut of grins, from the smirk of conceit to the simper of toadyism.

  • Nor do I say this from any toadyism, nor yet from the gratitude which I must feel for her kindly favour toward myself.

    Ladies on Horseback Nannie Lambert
British Dictionary definitions for toadyism


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 toadyism



"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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