From Middle English tode, toode, tade, tadde, from Old English *tāde, a shortening of tādie, tādiġe (“toad”), of unknown origin, possibly from Proto-Germanic. Cognate with Scots tade, taid, taed, ted (“toad”). Compare also Danish tudse (“toad”), possibly from the same root; also Swedish tåssa, tossa (“toad”), Old English tāxe (“toad”), Old English tosca (“toad”) by contrast.
toad (plural toads)
- An amphibian similar to a frog with shorter hindlegs and a drier, wartier skin.
- (derogatory) A contemptible or unpleasant person.
toad (third-person singular simple present toads, present participle toading, simple past and past participle toaded)
- (Internet, informal, transitive) To expel (a user) permanently from a MUD or similar system, so that their account is deleted.
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