1. 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.
2. A horned lizard.
3. A person regarded as repulsive.
[Middle English tadde, tode, from Old English tādige.]
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