noun Chiefly Northeastern U.S.

a toad.

Origin of hoptoad

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30; hop1 + toad
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Examples from the Web for hoptoad

Historical Examples of hoptoad

  • So the girls ran over to meet their Guardian, and the hoptoad was averted.

    Winona of the Camp Fire

    Margaret Widdemer

  • The hoptoad was floor manager; the green burdock badge on his breast showed that.

  • On the afternoon of that same day, Marmaduke was sitting like a hoptoad, watching the Toyman dig post-holes in the brook pasture.

    Half-Past Seven Stories

    Robert Gordon Anderson

  • One minute she was jumpin' along amongst them gravestones like a hoptoad with wings, and then—Zing!

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • One day we were sittin' out in the front yard of his house—it's mine, now—watchin' a hoptoad catch flies.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

Word Origin and History for hoptoad

by 1827, American English, from hop (v.) + toad.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper