Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of numerous tailless amphibians chiefly of the family Bufonidae, related to and resembling the frogs but characteristically more terrestrial and having a broader body and rougher, drier skin.
  • n. The horned lizard.
  • n. A person regarded as repulsive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. this sense)An amphibian similar to a frog with bigger back legs and more ragged skin.
  • n. A very unpleasant man.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of numerous species of batrachians belonging to the genus Bufo and allied genera, especially those of the family Bufonidæ. Toads are generally terrestrial in their habits except during the breeding season, when they seek the water. Most of the species burrow beneath the earth in the daytime and come forth to feed on insects at night. Most toads have a rough, warty skin in which are glands that secrete an acrid fluid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A batrachian or amphibian of the family Bufonidæ or some related family.
  • n. Figuratively, a person as an object of disgust or aversion: also used in deprecating or half-affectionate raillery. Compare toadling.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various tailless stout-bodied amphibians with long hind limbs for leaping; semiaquatic and terrestrial species

Etymologies

Middle English tadde, tode, from Old English tādige.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • TOAD: The past tense of tell. “Ah toad you never to do that.”

    July 2, 2012


  • Who so late
    at the garden gate?
    Emily, Kate, and John.
    'John,
    what have you got?
    'A whopping toad.
    Isn't he big?
    He's a terrible
    Load.
    (We found him
    A little ways
    Up the road,'
    said Emily, Kate, and John.)

    - David McCord, 'At The Garden Gate'.

    November 8, 2008

  • Also, a car being pulled by a camper or recreational vehicle for use away from the RV. Toads are a common sight in Alaska in the summer...

    March 10, 2008