Definition of toad
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 : a contemptible person or thing
Examples of toad in a Sentence
He's such a mean little toad.
that miserable toad is lucky to have even a single friend
Recent Examples of toad from the Web
Cyrano similarly ennobles everyone around him, from Roxane to an initial toad like DeGuiche (John Taylor Phillips).
When in flight, the deep warbling call of the nighthawk could easily be confused as a toad.
From fractures to toxic toads, fire inspector Yvonne Feijoo led the class through CPR and basic first aid.
Toads and snakes were common ingredients, but fowl were also fair game as test subjects, and many a chicken, turkey and pigeon gave up its life.
In a small room in the RainForest building, thousands of Puero Rican crested toads are hatched every year so they can be airlifted to Puerto Rico, where their numbers are declining.
There are bartenders, bounty hunters, geneticists, one librarian, medics, moisture farmers, musicians, senators, soldiers and a lady who sells toads out of the sewer.
All amphibians native to the Columbia River Gorge eat insects, and there's no reason to think that toads are any better at pest control than other frogs or salamanders.
A live black-spined toad arrived on a flight from Thailand at Melbourne Airport in southeast Australia where it was found in a woman's luggage, the department said.
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Origin and Etymology of toad
Middle English tode, from Old English tāde, tādige
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
TOAD Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of toad for Students
: 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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