toady

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Etymology[edit]

Shortened from toadeater.

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Noun[edit]

toady (plural toadies)

  1. A sycophant who flatters others to gain personal advantage.
    • 1929, Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own, Penguin Books, paperback edition, page 61
      But how could she have helped herself? I asked, imagining the sneers and the laughter, the adulation of the toadies, the scepticism of the professional poet.
    • 1912, Stratemeyer Syndicate, Baseball Joe on the School Nine Chapter 1
      "Go on, Hiram, show 'em what you can do," urged Luke Fodick, who was a sort of toady to Hiram Shell, the school bully, if ever there was one.
    • Charles Dickens
      Before I had been standing at the window five minutes, they somehow conveyed to me that they were all toadies and humbugs.
  2. (archaic) A coarse, rustic woman.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Walter Scott to this entry?)

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Verb[edit]

toady (third-person singular simple present toadies, present participle toadying, simple past and past participle toadied)

  1. (intransitive, construed with to) To behave like a toady (to someone).

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