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toady

[toh-dee] /ˈtoʊ di/
noun, plural toadies.
1.
an obsequious flatterer; sycophant.
verb (used with object), toadied, toadying.
2.
to be the toady to.
verb (used without object), toadied, toadying.
3.
to be a toady.
Origin
1680-1690
1680-90; toad + -y2
Related forms
toadyish, adjective
toadyism, noun
untoadying, adjective
Synonyms
1. fawner, yes man, parasite, apple polisher.
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British Dictionary definitions for toadyish

toady

/ˈtəʊdɪ/
noun (pl) toadies
1.
a person who flatters and ingratiates himself or herself in a servile way; sycophant
verb toadies, toadying, toadied
2.
to fawn on and flatter (someone)
Derived Forms
toadyish, adjective
toadyism, noun
Word Origin
C19: shortened from toadeater
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Word Origin and History for toadyish

toady

n.

"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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