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[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.]
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]
n., pl. toad•ies, n.
1. an obsequious flatterer; sycophant.v.i.
2. to be a toady.