Toady vs Cringeling - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between toady and cringeling
is that toady
is a sycophant who flatters others to gain personal advantage while cringeling
is one who cringes and fawns; a submissive toady.
As a verb toady
is to behave like a toady (to someone).
A sycophant who flatters others to gain personal advantage.
* 1929, , Penguin Books, paperback edition, page 61
* 1912 , Stratemeyer Syndicate, Baseball Joe on the School Nine Chapter 1
- But how could she have helped herself? I asked, imagining the sneers and the laughter, the adulation of the toadies , the scepticism of the professional poet.
* Charles Dickens
- "Go on, Hiram, show 'em what you can do," urged Luke Fodick, who was a sort of toady to Hiram Shell, the school bully, if ever there was one.
(archaic) A coarse, rustic woman.
- Before I had been standing at the window five minutes, they somehow conveyed to me that they were all toadies and humbugs.
- (Sir Walter Scott)
* See also
To behave like a toady (to someone).
One who cringes and fawns; a submissive toady.