A little sycophantic weasel, a kiss-up, a brown-noser, the guy who does the dirty work for The Man. He (or she--toadies come in all shapes, sizes, genders) is the person who rats out everyone in the office in the hopes of getting a promotion. They flatter the boss at every opportunity and will sabotage everyone else in the building to make sure they look good. They're future managers, dad gum it!

Here's an interesting thing: the word derives from "toadeater", a person who pretended to eat poisonous toads in order to show how effective a quack doctor's fake medicine was. Ya learn something new every day, don'tcha?

Toad"y (?), n.; pl. Toadies (#). [Shortened from toadeater.]

1.

A mean flatterer; a toadeater; a sycophant.

Before I had been standing at the window five minutes, they somehow conveyed to me that they were all toadies and humbugs. Dickens.

2.

A coarse, rustic woman.

[R.]

Sir W. Scott.

 

© Webster 1913.


Toad"y (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Toadied (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Toadying.]

To fawn upon with mean sycophancy.

 

© Webster 1913.

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