noun, plural toad·ies.
- an obsequious flatterer; sycophant.
verb (used with object), toad·ied, toad·y·ing.
- to be the toady to.
verb (used without object), toad·ied, toad·y·ing.
- to be a toady.
noun plural toadies
- a person who flatters and ingratiates himself or herself in a servile way; sycophant
verb toadies, toadying or toadied
- to fawn on and flatter (someone)
n.“servile parasite,” 1826, apparently shortened from toad-eater “fawning flatterer” (1742), originally referring to the assistant of a charlatan, who ate a toad (believed to be poisonous) to enable his master to display his skill in expelling the poison (1620s). The verb is recorded from 1827. Related: Toadied; toadying.