any of various tailless amphibians that are close relatives of the frogs in the order Anura and that typically have dry, warty skin and are terrestrial or semiterrestrial in habit. Compare frog1 ( def 1 ).
Also called true toad. a toad of the widespread and chiefly terrestrial family Bufonidae, having relatively short hind legs used in hopping and often having at the shoulders swellings containing glands that, along with the skin, secrete an irritating fluid in defense. Compare frog1 ( def 2 ).
any of various toadlike animals, as certain lizards.
a person or thing as an object of disgust or aversion.

before 1000; Middle English tode, Old English tāde, tādi(g)e

toadish, toadlike, adjective
toadishness, noun
toadless, adjective

frog, toad. Unabridged
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toad (təʊd)
1.  any anuran amphibian of the class Bufonidae, such as Bufo bufo (common toad) of Europe. They are similar to frogs but are more terrestrial, having a drier warty skinRelated: batrachian
2.  any of various similar amphibians of different families
3.  a loathsome person
Related: batrachian
[Old English tādige, of unknown origin; see tadpole]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. tadige, tadie, of unknown origin and with no known cognates outside Eng. Toadstone "stone or stone-like object, supposedly magical (with healing or protective power) and found in the heads of certain toads," is attested from 1558, transl. Gk. batrakhites, M.L. bufonites; cf. also Fr. crapaudine
(13c.), Ger. krötenstein.
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Example sentences
Dirt clods, last year's squash and the errant toad and mouse tumble to the ground.
Cane toad venom is a mix of toxins that primarily affects the functioning of the heart.
She has the toad in a mixing bowl with thousands of eggs and about a pint of pond water.
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