\ ˈtōd How to pronounce toad (audio) \

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

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Synonyms for toad


bastard, beast, bleeder [British], blighter [chiefly British], boor, bounder, bugger, buzzard, cad, chuff, churl, clown, creep, cretin, crud [slang], crumb [slang], cur, dirtbag [slang], dog, fink, heel, hound, jerk, joker, louse, lout, pill, rat, rat fink, reptile, rotter, schmuck [slang], scum, scumbag [slang], scuzzball [slang], skunk, sleaze, sleazebag [slang], sleazeball [slang], slime, slimeball [slang], slob, snake, so-and-so, sod [chiefly British], stinkard, stinker, swine, varmint, vermin

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Examples of toad in a Sentence

He's such a mean little toad. that miserable toad is lucky to have even a single friend

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Now, thanks to complex captive breeding and release efforts, the Wyoming toad seems to be making a comeback. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "See a different endangered animal in every U.S. state," 30 July 2019 The job that lends the toads their informal name is done by the male. Tim Flannery, The New York Review of Books, "Natalie Angier," 9 May 2019 Now, scientists have confirmed that the toad’s toxic slime will likely kill nearly everything in Madagascar that tries to eat it, according to a study that surveyed the susceptibility of 88 species. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: toxic toads, three-parent babies in Singapore, and the hunt for the Lost Colony," 8 June 2018 The squad practices at Onesosopo Park, a half-hour drive from the school, on a furrowed field filled with puddles and toads. Rob Ruck, The Conversation, "I traveled to American Samoa 5 times to study the secret to its football success," 8 Aug. 2019 Right now, the brightest light in the neighborhood is a mom and pop, the Sarah and Henji show, with a cameo by sugar toads. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Queen’s English brings Hong Kong’s sizzle to Columbia Heights," 17 July 2019 Sho-Fu-En is home to wildlife: hawks and night herons, rabbits and raccoons, geese, squirrels, a fox, turtles, toads and fish and dragonflies. Colleen Smith, The Denver Post, "Denver’s oasis has been tucked away in the Denver Botanic Gardens for 40 years," 29 June 2019 This bathing and stocking event is pivotal in CPW’s efforts to recover the Boreal toad, which has experienced dramatic population declines over the past two decades. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post, "PHOTOS: Highly endangered high alpine Boreal Toads reintroduced in Colorado," 13 July 2019 The male Yosemite toad (Anaxyrus canorus) can mate like mad every year—for about two weeks. Patricia Edmonds, National Geographic, "This toad’s sex life hinges on finding the perfect pool," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of toad

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for toad

Middle English tode, from Old English tāde, tādige

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English Language Learners Definition of toad

: a small animal that looks like a frog but has dry skin and lives on land
informal : an unpleasant person


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Kids Definition of toad

: 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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