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[toh-dee] /ˈtoʊ di/
noun, plural toadies.
an obsequious flatterer; sycophant.
verb (used with object), toadied, toadying.
to be the toady to.
verb (used without object), toadied, toadying.
to be a toady.
Origin of toady
1680-90; toad + -y2
Related forms
toadyish, adjective
toadyism, noun
untoadying, adjective
1. fawner, yes man, parasite, apple polisher. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for toady
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  • You see, there was not in Edam man, woman, or child who did not know Sir toady.

    Sweethearts at Home S. R. Crockett
  • I'm sure, for my part, I'd scorn to enter her doors, or be the toady of any woman.

    The Christmas Books William Makepeace Thackeray
  • With Trendall as his toady, and perhaps another crony, they can make life unbearable here for us.

    King of Ranleigh F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton
  • 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)
  • toady Lion clapped his hands and ran as fast as he could in the direction of the clergyman.

  • "I did—but I was afraid the fellows would kill me if I didn't do it," whined the toady.

    Breaking Away Oliver Optic
  • She is used as a tool or a stepping-stone--the humble handmaid of the tuft-hunter and the toady.

    The Grey Lady Henry Seton Merriman
  • "I shan't hit you while you're down," said toady calmly but decisively.

    Tabitha's Vacation Ruth Alberta Brown
  • I mean they toady to the people who are rich or generous and they scamp their work in places where they're not 'remembered.'

    In the Onyx Lobby Carolyn Wells
  • Billiard has been used to saying the word and toady has obeyed.

    Tabitha's Vacation Ruth Alberta Brown
British Dictionary definitions for toady


noun (pl) toadies
a person who flatters and ingratiates himself or herself in a servile way; sycophant
verb toadies, toadying, toadied
to fawn on and flatter (someone)
Derived Forms
toadyish, adjective
toadyism, noun
Word Origin
C19: shortened from toadeater
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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
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