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toad

Syllabification: toad
Pronunciation: /tōd
 
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Definition of toad in English:

noun

1A tailless amphibian with a short stout body and short legs, typically having dry warty skin that can exude poison.
  • Several families in the order Anura, in particular Bufonidae, which includes the common toad (Bufo bufo)
Example sentences
  • At least 10 of the 16 original species of amphibians (frogs, toads and salamanders) survived the eruption.
  • Dutch police in Leeuwarden are trying to find out if drug addicts raided a pet shop and stole three exotic toads whose warty skin is said to induce hallucinations when licked.
  • Some amphibians we know today include frogs, toads, newts and salamanders.
2A contemptible or detestable person (used as a general term of abuse): you’re an arrogant little toad
More example sentences
  • This snivelling little toad said with utter contempt in his voice, ‘Oh sure the French have culture.’
  • Totally avoid toads like him, and look for a crush who respects girls in general - and you in particular!
  • No, Joe, you sniveling toad whose pathetic job it is to lie for other liars.

Origin

Old English tādde, tāda, abbreviation of tādige, of unknown origin.

Derivatives

toadish

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • Teenaged girls frequently run away when they discover the identity of the toadish middle-aged man they're supposed to lose their virginity to at 3 p.m. the next day.
  • He'd opened and Rocky had stumbled in just two hours ago, yet he couldn't stand up to his boss, even if he was a toadish slob who had long since lost the will to live and did everything to make sure his employees were also miserable.
  • The one night stand seems, despite his toadish ways after the event, to be a genuinely kind and intelligent individual, even as he's trying to weasel out of a relationship.

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