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toady

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v toady try to gain favor by cringing or flattering "He is always kowtowing to his boss"
    • n toady a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Toady A coarse, rustic woman.
    • Toady A mean flatterer; a toadeater; a sycophant. "Before I had been standing at the window five minutes, they somehow conveyed to me that they were all toadies and humbugs."
    • v. t Toady To fawn upon with mean sycophancy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • toady Ugly and repulsive like a toad; hateful; beastly.
    • n toady A sycophant; an interested flatterer; a toad-eater.
    • n toady A coarse rustic woman.
    • toady To fawn upon in a servile manner; play the toady or sycophant to. The tutors toadied him.
    • toady To play the sycophant; fawn; cringe.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Toady a mean hanger-on and flatterer
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Shortened from toadeater,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tádige, tádie, a toad.

Usage

In literature:

Stickler was one of those toadies who worship rank for its own sake.
"Dusty Diamonds Cut and Polished" by R.M. Ballantyne
Velo was a natural-born toady.
"Shelled by an Unseen Foe" by James Fiske
There is no such coward as the woman who toadies Society because she has outraged Society.
"Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida" by Ouida
He is a tyrant, and a toady; and all but about a dozen of the fellows are going to quit the school.
"Breaking Away" by Oliver Optic
And if they took Sir Toady Lion, they would soon send him back.
"Red Cap Tales" by Samuel Rutherford Crockett
After a time these "toadies" were disappointed in the daughter of the "sugar king.
"Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies" by Alice B. Emerson
Then the recollection of the way Lord Reginald and Toady Voules had behaved to him would occur.
"The Rival Crusoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
Only a few toadies would act toward him as though he was a world's wonder, on account of his wealth.
"Peck's Uncle Ike and The Red Headed Boy 1899" by George W. Peck
It was not part of her bargain that she should toady an old man who had never shown any special regard for her.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
He is Si Peters' toady.
"The Young Oarsmen of Lakeview" by Ralph Bonehill
But he has got some great qualities, has Toady.
"The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame
Bribes largely contribute towards filling the coffers of Government officials, from toadies down to unfortunate sufferers.
"In the Tail of the Peacock" by Isabel Savory
The Monaldeschi are toadies of the French.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
It bored him, and he was no toady to waste his time fawning upon possible patrons.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 8 (of 8)" by Various
You know she did, you toadying little abomination!
"The Gorgeous Girl" by Nalbro Bartley
But the toady endureth forever.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
M. (F.) on the meaning of toady, 419.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
He's conditioned to toady to judges.
"Modus Vivendi" by Gordon Randall Garrett
What looked like toadying was only profound deference for himself.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
Toady said, he once saw a weasel seized by a kite, and carried up into the air.
"The Squirrels and other animals" by George E. Waring
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In poetry:

Shouting through the Spring song,
Clumping down the sod;
Toadying, in sing-song,
To a crabbed god.
"The Dark Girl's Rhyme" by Dorothy Parker
Any ancient crone I'd toady
Like a lass in young-eyed prime,
Could she tell some tale of Lodi
At that moving mighty time.
"The Bridge Of Lodi" by Thomas Hardy
As we, that ere the worst her hero haps,
Of Angels guided, nigh that loathly den:
A toady cave beside an ague fen,
Where long forlorn the lone dog whines and yaps.
"Forest History" by George Meredith
MOSCON. Clarin, from the first to last,
All your life you've been a trickster,
A smart temporizing toady,
A bold flatterer, a trimmer,
Since you praise the thoughts of others,
And ne'er speak your own.
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
You, the politician, who, for jealousy or gold,
Or for mean ambition, sell, or see your country sold,
Pandering to the hollow crowd, toadying to the low,
For shame’s sake banish selfishness—give your land a show.
"Give yourself a Show: New Year's Eve" by Henry Lawson

In news:

REVIEWS Toadies, ' Feeler .
The Toadies move on yet again to another Rocktagon battle, where tonight they'll take on GBF newcomer Flying Colors .
In other words, OU has no choice but to remain one of Texas' toadies.
The Toadies will end the week in the Rocktagon for their 5th bout, where they will face off against Kyng .
Toady we find out why Charlie Sheen's show bombed in N.Y.C.
Toadies vs Soundgarden – Rocktagon.
MicLordz & Sauce Funky vs Toadies – Rocktagon.
The Happy Alright, the Results and the Toadies.
Helmet, Toadies, Reel Big Fish, Sheryl Crow, and other incoming artists.
Helmet and Toadies will play a show on Sunday, August 12, at the Beaumont.
The Toadies and Social Distortion .
Music Social Distortion and Toadies Warp Boise's Reality.
Oh, and the Toadies rocked, too.
The Toadies ("Possum Kingdom") will open the show.
Note to political party toadies.
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