toad

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noun \ˈtōd\

Definition of toad

  1. 1 :  any of numerous anuran amphibians (especially family Bufonidae) that are distinguished from the related frogs by being more terrestrial in habit though returning to water to lay their eggs, by having a build that is squatter and shorter with weaker and shorter hind limbs, and by having skin that is rough, dry, and warty rather than smooth and moist

  2. 2 :  a contemptible person or thing

Examples of toad in a Sentence

  1. He's such a mean little toad.

  2. that miserable toad is lucky to have even a single friend

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Origin and Etymology of toad

Middle English tode, from Old English tāde, tādige


TOAD Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of toad for English Language Learners

  • : a small animal that looks like a frog but has dry skin and lives on land

  • : an unpleasant person


TOAD Defined for Kids

toad

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Definition of toad for Students

  1. :  a tailless leaping animal that is an amphibian and differs from the related frog by having rough dry skin and by living mostly on land



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