- an obsequious flatterer; sycophant.
- to be the toady to.
- to be a toady.
Origin of toady
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Related Wordsadulator, lackey, minion, groupie, fan, flatterer, flunky, hanger-on, doormat, bootlicker, backscratcher, ass-kisser, kowtow, flatter, woo, stroke, oil, cajole, bootlick, massage
Examples from the Web for 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?
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
"I shan't hit you while you're down," said Toady calmly but decisively.
Toady was in deadly earnest, but still the older boy temporized.
- a person who flatters and ingratiates himself or herself in a servile way; sycophant
- to fawn on and flatter (someone)
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.