Definition of toady noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtəʊdi//
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(pl. toadies) (informal, disapproving) a person who treats somebody more important with special kindness or respect in order to gain their favour or help synonym sycophant Word Originearly 19th cent.: said to be a contraction of toad-eater, a charlatan's assistant who ate toads; toads were regarded as poisonous, and the assistant's survival was thought to be due to the effects of the charlatan's remedy.
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