[ toh-dee ]
See synonyms for: toadytoadiestoadyingtoadyism on

noun,plural toad·ies.
  1. an obsequious flatterer; sycophant.

verb (used with object),toad·ied, toad·y·ing.
  1. to be the toady to.

verb (used without object),toad·ied, toad·y·ing.
  1. to be a toady.

Origin of toady

First recorded in 1680–90; toad + -y2

Other words for toady

Other words from toady

  • toad·y·ish, adjective
  • toad·y·ism, noun
  • un·toad·y·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use toady in a sentence

  • Prominent among them were Bull and his toadying little friend, Baby Edwards.

    A Cadet's Honor | Upton Sinclair
  • Bull Harris smiled benignly upon his toadying echo, while the rest of the gang nodded approvingly.

    A Cadet's Honor | Upton Sinclair
  • The toadying beast is even trying to curry favour by saying that your copyhold is for life only, and that your fine is uncertain.

  • The biggest thing I've had against him was not his knifing me but his apparent toadying to the rich and influential.

    Red Pepper's Patients | Grace S. Richmond
  • Snobbism is not confined to the toadying of the rich, but is quite as often displayed in the toadying of the poor.

    Character | Samuel Smiles

British Dictionary definitions for toady


/ (ˈtəʊdɪ) /

nounplural toadies
  1. a person who flatters and ingratiates himself or herself in a servile way; sycophant

verbtoadies, toadying or toadied
  1. to fawn on and flatter (someone)

Origin of toady

C19: shortened from toadeater

Derived forms of toady

  • toadyish, adjective
  • toadyism, noun

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