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

 

toady

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈtəʊdi//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtoʊdi//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they toady
BrE BrE//ˈtəʊdi//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtoʊdi//
 
he / she / it toadies
BrE BrE//ˈtəʊdiz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtoʊdiz//
 
past simple toadied
BrE BrE//ˈtəʊdid//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtoʊdid//
 
past participle toadied
BrE BrE//ˈtəʊdid//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtoʊdid//
 
-ing form toadying
BrE BrE//ˈtəʊdiɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtoʊdiɪŋ//
 
 
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(toadies, toadying, toadied, toadied) [intransitive] toady (to somebody) (disapproving) to treat somebody more important with special kindness or respect in order to gain their favour or help I’m not prepared to toady to him just to save my job. Word Origin early 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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