Origin of toad
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’|Anthony Paletta|June 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It is a combination of the words cesso (toilet) and rospo (toad).
On a slimy stone a toad sat sucking poison from the night air.British Goblins|Wirt Sikes
He jumped right in among those ants, and for a little while he was the busiest Toad ever seen.The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad|Thornton W. Burgess
Toad let the horse pass, and stood waiting for what the fates were sending him.The Wind in the Willows|Kenneth Grahame
Put him in the fairest garden, and presently he will approach you with a newt, a toad, or a huge snail in his custody.Danger! and Other Stories|Arthur Conan Doyle
When he can show me similar ones in a toad's head I will believe.Frances Kane's Fortune|L. T. Meade
British Dictionary definitions for toad
Word Origin for toad
Word Origin and History for toad
Old English tadige, tadie, of unknown origin and with no known cognates outside English.