toad

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English[edit]

Two common toads (Bufo bufo spinosus)

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Etymology[edit]

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From Middle English tode, toode, tadde, tade, from Old English *tāde, a shortened variant of Old English tādie, tādiġe (toad). Compare Old English tāxe (toad).

Cognate with Scots tade, taid, taed, ted (toad). Compare also Danish tudse (toad), possibly originally from the same prehistoric root; also Swedish tåssa, tossa (toad), Old English tāxe (toad), Old English tosca (toad) by contrast.

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Noun[edit]

toad (plural toads)

  1. An amphibian, a kind of frog (order Anura) with shorter hindlegs and a drier, wartier skin, many in family Bufonidae.
    • 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, H.L. Brækstad, transl., Folk and Fairy Tales, page 149:
      Shortly he heard the trolls coming. They had a fiddler with them, and some began dancing, while others fell to eating the Christmas fare on the table - some fried bacon, and some fried frogs and toads, and other nasty things which they had brought with them.
    • 1971, Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger & John Densmore, "Riders on the Storm", The Doors, L.A. Woman.
      There's a killer on the road / His brain is squirmin' like a toad
  2. (derogatory) A contemptible or unpleasant person.
  3. (derogatory) An ugly person.

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Verb[edit]

toad (third-person singular simple present toads, present participle toading, simple past and past participle toaded)

  1. (Internet, informal, transitive) To expel (a user) permanently from a MUD or similar system, so that their account is deleted.

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Noun[edit]

toad

  1. nominative plural of tuba