any of various tailless amphibians that are close relatives of the frogs in the order Anura and that typically have dry, warty skin and are terrestrial or semiterrestrial in habit.Compare frog1(def 1).
Also called true toad. a toad of the widespread and chiefly terrestrial family Bufonidae, having relatively short hind legs used in hopping and often having at the shoulders swellings containing glands that, along with the skin, secrete an irritating fluid in defense.Compare frog1(def 2).
any of various toadlike animals, as certain lizards.
a person or thing as an object of disgust or aversion.

Origin of toad

before 1000; Middle English tode, Old English tāde, tādi(g)e
Related formstoad·ish, toad·like, adjectivetoad·ish·ness, nountoad·less, adjective
Can be confusedfrog toad Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for toad

frog, sycophant, polliwog, peeper, salientian, anuran, tadpole

Examples from the Web for toad

Contemporary Examples of toad

Historical Examples of toad

  • "Of money you mean, Toad," she answered, kicking him with her slippered foot.

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard

  • According to one version of the story, Tschang O took the shape of this toad.

  • Mr. Toad's career in the House was as correct as his conduct out of it.

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • One of the ablest men, Mr. Toad, after all, that this country ever produced.

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • I was more loathsome in my own eyes than was a toad, and I thought I was so in God's eyes too.


    James Anthony Froude

British Dictionary definitions for toad



any anuran amphibian of the class Bufonidae, such as Bufo bufo (common toad) of Europe. They are similar to frogs but are more terrestrial, having a drier warty skinRelated adjective: batrachian
any of various similar amphibians of different families
a loathsome person
Derived Formstoadish or toadlike, adjective

Word Origin for toad

Old English tādige, of unknown origin; see tadpole
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Word Origin and History for toad

Old English tadige, tadie, of unknown origin and with no known cognates outside English.

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