toadeater


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toad·eat·er

 (tōd′ē′tər)
n.
A toady.

[Originally, a charlatan's helper who ate (or pretended to eat) poisonous toads so that his employer could display his prowess in expelling the poison.]

toadeater

(ˈtəʊdˌiːtə)
n
a rare word for toady1
[C17: originally a mountebank's assistant who would pretend to eat toads (believed to be poisonous), hence a servile flatterer, toady]

toad•y

(ˈtoʊ di)

n., pl. toad•ies, n.
1. an obsequious flatterer; sycophant.
v.i.
2. to be a toady.
[1820–30; toad (eater) + -y2]
toad′y•ish, adj.
toad′y•ism, n.