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Monday, February 09, 2009

Definitions for toady

  1. a fawning flatterer; humble dependent
  2. to attempt to gain favor by fawning or being servile

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Citations for toady
The freshman was the senior's toady even though many made fun of her. ,
They came backstage and toadied to the actor. ,
Origin of toady
1680-1690
c 1690 for noun, possibly shortened from toad-eater "fawning flatterer," 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. The verb is recorded from 1827.