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Related to toadying: slue, sycophantic


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.
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(ˈtəʊdɪɪŋ) ;


the act of fawning on and flattering someone
fawning and flattering
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[ˈtəʊdɪɪŋ] toadyism [ˈtəʊdɪɪzəm] Nadulación f servil, coba f
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References in classic literature ?
She knew that Princess Varvara had passed her whole life toadying on her rich relations, but that she should now be sponging on Vronsky, a man who was nothing to her, mortified Dolly on account of her kinship with her husband.
Our bending the knee to the EU is entirely consistent with our kowtowing to China, our grovelling to the USA, our toadying to Japan and India and our helplessness in relation to Amazon, Google and Facebook.
These are the same people who use the badge of the English so called Prince of Wales on the national team shirt and are generally to be seen toadying about the English establishment looking for "gongs".
6 EVER so 'umble Uriah Heep had more pride than a toadying David Cameron, who offered Britain to China's dictator Xi Jinping with all the greasy patter of a fee-hungry estate agent desperate for a sale.
How President Xi (pronounced She) views this fawning and toadying I'm not sure - but Downing Street civil servants doubtlessly refer to the Chinese boss as "Xi who must be obeyed".
ITV's Alastair Stewart and Jenny Bond before him have transformed toadying into an art form that goes beyond the call of duty.
Her natural, toadying instinct is to suck up to authority figures at all costs - with hilarious and hair-raising results tonight as she attempts to go all Single White Female on Lorraine.
IF I thought Rob Davies really believed that George Galloway had been toadying to Muslims since 9/11 (column, April 3) then I would be imploring his editor to encourage his columnist to be a little more thorough in his research.
Expect random violence (mostly afflicted upon a diminutive Spanish waiter), obsequious toadying and down right rudeness while you try to enjoy a three-course meal without choking with laughter.
I suspect he responds better to a beautiful woman than a toadying gardener.