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toad·y

 (tō′dē)
n. pl. toad·ies
A person who flatters or defers to others for self-serving reasons; a sycophant.
tr. & intr.v. toad·ied, toad·y·ing, toad·ies
To be a toady to or behave like a toady. See Synonyms at fawn1.

[From toad.]
Word History: The first toadies were actually toad-eaters. The word toady has its origins in the practices of seventeenth-century quacks and charlatans who claimed that they could draw out poisons from poisoning victims. Toads were thought to be poisonous, and so these quacks would have an attendant eat—or pretend to eat—a toad. The quacks could then make a show of drawing out the poison and saving their helpers' lives. Since eating a toad is an unpleasant job, these attendants came to epitomize the type of person who would do anything for a superior, and toadeater became the name for a flattering, fawning parasite. In the eighteenth century, the noun toadeating meaning "sycophancy, flattery," appeared, and there was even a verb to toadeat, meaning "to flatter, fawn upon." For example, the correspondence of Caroline Fox, Lady Holland (1723-1774), contains the following comment in a letter to her sister, the Duchess of Leinster: She [a family member] has told Lord Holland all the privileges the old Duchess expects. He says you have them all already, you are so toad-eated. Later, in the nineteenth century, the word toady, "sycophant, flatterer," came into use, and it was apparently formed directly from the word toad rather than shortened from toadeater.

toady

(ˈtəʊdɪ)
n, pl toadies
a person who flatters and ingratiates himself or herself in a servile way; sycophant
vb, toadies, toadying or toadied
to fawn on and flatter (someone)
[C19: shortened from toadeater]
ˈtoadyish adj
ˈtoadyism n

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.

toady


Past participle: toadied
Gerund: toadying

Imperative
toady
toady
Present
I toady
you toady
he/she/it toadies
we toady
you toady
they toady
Preterite
I toadied
you toadied
he/she/it toadied
we toadied
you toadied
they toadied
Present Continuous
I am toadying
you are toadying
he/she/it is toadying
we are toadying
you are toadying
they are toadying
Present Perfect
I have toadied
you have toadied
he/she/it has toadied
we have toadied
you have toadied
they have toadied
Past Continuous
I was toadying
you were toadying
he/she/it was toadying
we were toadying
you were toadying
they were toadying
Past Perfect
I had toadied
you had toadied
he/she/it had toadied
we had toadied
you had toadied
they had toadied
Future
I will toady
you will toady
he/she/it will toady
we will toady
you will toady
they will toady
Future Perfect
I will have toadied
you will have toadied
he/she/it will have toadied
we will have toadied
you will have toadied
they will have toadied
Future Continuous
I will be toadying
you will be toadying
he/she/it will be toadying
we will be toadying
you will be toadying
they will be toadying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been toadying
you have been toadying
he/she/it has been toadying
we have been toadying
you have been toadying
they have been toadying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been toadying
you will have been toadying
he/she/it will have been toadying
we will have been toadying
you will have been toadying
they will have been toadying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been toadying
you had been toadying
he/she/it had been toadying
we had been toadying
you had been toadying
they had been toadying
Conditional
I would toady
you would toady
he/she/it would toady
we would toady
you would toady
they would toady
Past Conditional
I would have toadied
you would have toadied
he/she/it would have toadied
we would have toadied
you would have toadied
they would have toadied
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.toady - a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantagetoady - a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage
apple polisher, bootlicker, fawner, groveler, groveller, truckler - someone who humbles himself as a sign of respect; who behaves as if he had no self-respect
adulator, flatterer - a person who uses flattery
goody-goody - a person who behaves extremely well in order to please a superior
Verb1.toady - try to gain favor by cringing or flatteringtoady - try to gain favor by cringing or flattering; "He is always kowtowing to his boss"
blandish, flatter - praise somewhat dishonestly
court favor, court favour, curry favor, curry favour - seek favor by fawning or flattery; "This employee is currying favor with his superordinates"

toady

noun
1. sycophant, creep (slang), hanger-on, minion, flunkey, parasite, fawner, jackal, spaniel, lackey, crawler (slang), yes man, brown-noser (taboo slang), flatterer, truckler, lickspittle, ass-kisser (U.S. & Canad. taboo slang), apple polisher (U.S. slang), groveller, bootlicker (informal) Life was too short to become a toady to a megalomaniac.
verb
1. fawn on, flatter, grovel, creep, crawl, cringe, pander to, suck up to (informal), curry favour with, butter up, kiss someone's ass (U.S. & Canad. taboo slang), brown-nose (taboo slang), kowtow to, bow and scrape, lick someone's boots, kiss the feet of, lick someone's arse (taboo slang), be obsequious to They came backstage, cooing and toadying to him.
fawn on oppose, rebel, resist, confront, defy, withstand, stand against

toady

noun
One who flatters another excessively:
Informal: apple-polisher.
verb
To support slavishly every opinion or suggestion of a superior:
Slang: suck up.
Idioms: curry favor, dance attendance, kiss someone's feet, lick someone's boots.
Translations

toady

[ˈtəʊdɪ] (pej)
A. Nadulador(a) m/f, pelotilla mf inv, pelota mf
B. VI to toady to sbadular or hacer la pelotilla a algn, dar coba a algn

toady

[ˈtəʊdi] vi
to toady to sb → flatter qn

toady

n (pej)Kriecher(in) m(f), → Speichellecker(in) m(f)
viRad fahren (pej inf); to toady to somebodyvor jdm kriechen

toady

[ˈtəʊdɪ] (pej)
1. nleccapiedi m/f inv
2. vi to toady to sbleccare i piedi a qn
References in classic literature ?
There were some of the girls who were of her own sort, who were willing to toady to her and flatter her; and these would carry tales about the rest, and so the furies were unchained in the place.
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