Synonyms of toady

(Entry 1 of 2)

a person who flatters another in order to get ahead
  • no one liked the office toady, who spent most of her time complimenting the boss on what a great job he was doing

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Synonyms & Antonyms of toady (Entry 2 of 2)

to use flattery or the doing of favors in order to win approval especially from a superior
  • a satirical novel about an amoral go-getter who toadies his way to the top of the corporate ladder

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How does the noun toady differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of toady are leech, parasite, sponge, and sycophant. While all these words mean "a usually obsequious flatterer or self-seeker," toady emphasizes the servility and snobbery of the self-seeker.

cultivated leaders of society and became their toady

Where would leech be a reasonable alternative to toady?

The meanings of leech and toady largely overlap; however, leech stresses persistence in clinging to or bleeding another for one's own advantage.

a leech living off his family and friends

When could parasite be used to replace toady?

The synonyms parasite and toady are sometimes interchangeable, but 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

In what contexts can sponge take the place of toady?

While the synonyms sponge and toady are close in meaning, sponge stresses the parasitic laziness, dependence, and opportunism of the cadger.

a shiftless sponge, always looking for a handout

When is sycophant a more appropriate choice than toady?

The words sycophant and toady are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, sycophant adds to this a strong suggestion of fawning, flattery, or adulation.

a powerful prince surrounded by sycophants

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“Toady.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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