- 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 toadyism
At Government House she was not a frequent visitor, the foppery and toadyism there were revolting to her.Australia Revenged
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.A Holiday in Bed and Other Sketches
J. M. Barrie
It is a species of toadyism that is invariably omitted from textbooks on the sublime art of sycophancy.Wanted: A Cook
He always hated affectation and toadyism and liked sincerity and simplicity.The Life of King Edward VII
J. Castell Hopkins
- 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 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.