noun \ˈtō-dē\

: a person who praises and helps powerful people in order to get their approval

plural toad·ies

Full Definition of TOADY

:  one who flatters in the hope of gaining favors :  sycophant

Examples of TOADY

  1. She's a real toady to the boss.
  2. <no one liked the office toady, who spent most of her time complimenting the boss on what a great job he was doing>

Origin of TOADY

by shortening & alteration from toadeater
First Known Use: 1826

Synonym Discussion of TOADY

parasite, sycophant, toady, leech, sponge mean a usually obsequious flatterer or self-seeker. parasite applies to one who clings to a person of wealth, power, or influence or is useless to society <a jet-setter with an entourage of parasites>. sycophant adds to this a strong suggestion of fawning, flattery, or adulation <a powerful prince surrounded by sycophants>. toady emphasizes the servility and snobbery of the self-seeker <cultivated leaders of society and became their toady>. leech stresses persistence in clinging to or bleeding another for one's own advantage <a leech living off his family and friends>. sponge stresses the parasitic laziness, dependence, and opportunism of the cadger <a shiftless sponge, always looking for a handout>.

Rhymes with TOADY


intransitive verb

: to try to get the approval of someone powerful by saying and doing helpful and friendly things that are not sincere : to be a toady


Full Definition of TOADY

:  to behave as a toady :  engage in sycophancy
toady·ism \-ē-ˌi-zəm\ noun

Examples of TOADY

  1. He's always toadying to the boss.
  2. <a satirical novel about an amoral go-getter who toadies his way to the top of the corporate ladder>

First Known Use of TOADY

circa 1859

Synonym Discussion of TOADY

fawn, toady, truckle, cringe, cower mean to behave abjectly before a superior. fawn implies seeking favor by servile flattery or exaggerated attention <waiters fawning over a celebrity>. toady suggests the attempt to ingratiate oneself by an abjectly menial or subservient attitude <toadying to his boss>. truckle implies the subordination of oneself and one's desires or judgment to those of a superior <truckling to a powerful lobbyist>. cringe suggests a bowing or shrinking in fear or servility <a cringing sycophant>. cower suggests a display of abject fear in the company of threatening or domineering people <cowering before a bully>.


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