- 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
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Examples from the Web for toad
Not every estate owner was responsible; inheritance often entailed no more business sense than a Bertie Wooster or Mr. Toad.The Sad Fate of ‘Downton Abbey’ Estates: ‘Felling the Ancient Oaks’
June 22, 2012
It is a combination of the words cesso (toilet) and rospo (toad).‘Jersey Shore’ Guide to Italian
August 4, 2011
"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.The Chinese Fairy Book
One of the ablest men, Mr. Toad, after all, that this country ever produced.
Mr. Toad's career in the House was as correct as his conduct out of it.
I was more loathsome in my own eyes than was a toad, and I thought I was so in God's eyes too.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
- 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
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper