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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ He felt like a hanger-on, a toady.
▪ Is Tony now the Toad's toady?
▪ It strikes me that Tommy has already mastered the art of being a toady.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Toady \Toad"y\, n.; pl. Toadies. [Shortened from toadeater.]

  1. A mean flatterer; a toadeater; a sycophant.

    Before I had been standing at the window five minutes, they somehow conveyed to me that they were all toadies and humbugs.

  2. A coarse, rustic woman. [R.]
    --Sir W. Scott.


Toady \Toad"y\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Toadied; p. pr. & vb. n. Toadying.] To fawn upon with mean sycophancy.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"servile parasite," 1826, apparently shortened from toad-eater "fawning flatterer" (1742), originally (1620s) "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. Related: Toadied; toadying.\n


n. 1 A sycophant who flatters others to gain personal advantage. 2 (context archaic English) A coarse, rustic woman. vb. (context intransitive construed with '''to''' English) To behave like a toady (to someone).

  1. n. a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage [syn: sycophant, crawler, lackey]

  2. v. try to gain favor by cringing or flattering; "He is always kowtowing to his boss" [syn: fawn, truckle, bootlick, kowtow, kotow, suck up]

  3. [also: toadied]

Usage examples of "toady".

Orwin had brought the bairn straight to her, saying he had such a strong little heart and such hard little fists that there must be something of Toady in him.

After that, she gave up, and submissively put her hands in her lap, while Brett force-fed her two more shots and Toady poured another.

Eternal Emperor, through his toady judges and special prosecutors, had claimed that the Tahn had merely been the tragic victims of a plot against himself.

And he intended to use the prisoners as trading stock to assure his future as a toady for the Emperor.

He blamed it on his father, a cowering toady who had allowed bureaucrats to supplant the engineers.

The tone she used with his name indicated that George was the toady, not Quinton.

Cooper was strongly democratic in his convictions, and was so far from having been a toady during his residence in Europe that he had made enemies in aristocratic circles abroad by his fearless championship of republican institutions.

I shook off the gravity and was on my feet and down the corridor before another contestant could toady up to Alex.

And it was a full two weeks before the puzzle was solved for him, and then only when he went into the market, where some toady commiserated with him about his daughter disgracing herself and going to live with the schoolmaster in Heap Hollow Cottage.

Elijah answered, one of the toadies stood and raised his hand for permission to speak.

He stirred up constant intrigues among sec men and toadies, then conducted bloody purges of those he considered the most dangerous.

The sec men and high-level toadies sitting around the long table jumped to their feet when he entered.

Some sec men and toadies were crouched at one end of the patio, doing something along the steel-pipe railing.

He knew that the baron and his head toadies were up there watching the show, confident in their own safety.

The toadies and their families crushed to the sides of the well to get out of their way.