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toady

[toh-dee]
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noun, plural toad·ies.
  1. an obsequious flatterer; sycophant.
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verb (used with object), toad·ied, toad·y·ing.
  1. to be the toady to.
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verb (used without object), toad·ied, toad·y·ing.
  1. to be a toady.
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Origin of toady

First recorded in 1680–90; toad + -y2
Related formstoad·y·ish, adjectivetoad·y·ism, nounun·toad·y·ing, adjective

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Examples from the Web for toady

Historical Examples

  • I mean to hold my own, and do as I please with my own, and live as I like, and toady no one.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope

  • I guess they got you up here simply to make you toady to them.

    The Rover Boys on a Hunt

    Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)

  • "I did—but I was afraid the fellows would kill me if I didn't do it," whined the toady.

    Breaking Away

    Oliver Optic

  • "I shan't hit you while you're down," said Toady calmly but decisively.

    Tabitha's Vacation

    Ruth Alberta Brown

  • Toady was in deadly earnest, but still the older boy temporized.

    Tabitha's Vacation

    Ruth Alberta Brown


British Dictionary definitions for toady

toady

noun plural toadies
  1. a person who flatters and ingratiates himself or herself in a servile way; sycophant
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verb toadies, toadying or toadied
  1. to fawn on and flatter (someone)
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Derived Formstoadyish, adjectivetoadyism, noun

Word Origin

C19: shortened from toadeater
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Word Origin and History for toady

n.

"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.

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