toady

[ toh-dee ]
/ ˈtoʊ di /

noun, plural toad·ies.

an obsequious flatterer; sycophant.

verb (used with object), toad·ied, toad·y·ing.

to be the toady to.

verb (used without object), toad·ied, toad·y·ing.

to be a toady.

Nearby words

  1. toadfish,
  2. toadflax,
  3. toadshade,
  4. toadstone,
  5. toadstool,
  6. toamasina,
  7. toast,
  8. toast rack,
  9. toaster,
  10. toaster oven

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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British Dictionary definitions for toady

toady

/ (ˈtəʊdɪ) /

noun plural toadies

a person who flatters and ingratiates himself or herself in a servile way; sycophant

verb toadies, toadying or toadied

to fawn on and flatter (someone)
Derived Formstoadyish, adjectivetoadyism, noun

Word Origin for toady

C19: shortened from toadeater

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Word Origin and History for toady

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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