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.

Origin of toady

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

Synonyms for toady Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for toady

Historical Examples of toady

  • 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


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

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper