- any of several families of tailless, leaping anuran amphibians (esp. family Bufonidae) with a rough, warty skin: normally they eat insects and live on moist land but when breeding they live in water
- a person regarded as loathsome, contemptible, etc.
Origin of toadMiddle English tode, variant, variety of tadde from Old English tadde, tadige
- Any of various anuran amphibians especially of the family Bufonidae, characteristically being more terrestrial and having drier, rougher skin and shorter legs than the smooth-skinned frogs.
- A horned lizard.
- A person regarded as repulsive.
Origin of toadMiddle English tadde, tode from Old English tādige
From Old English tÄda, a shortening of tÄdiÄ¡e, of unknown origin.