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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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Historical Examples

  • At Government House she was not a frequent visitor, the foppery and toadyism there were revolting to her.

    Australia Revenged


  • Mere contempt for toadyism and flunkeyism was not at all times the prevailing motive with him which he supposed it to be.

  • One of the most pitiful cases of toadyism known to me was witnessed that very day in the foot-ball field.

  • It is a species of toadyism that is invariably omitted from textbooks on the sublime art of sycophancy.

  • He always hated affectation and toadyism and liked sincerity and simplicity.

    The Life of King Edward VII

    J. Castell Hopkins

British Dictionary definitions for toadyism


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 toadyism



"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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