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milksop

[milk-sop]
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noun
  1. a weak or ineffectual person.
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Origin of milksop

1350–1400; Middle English. See milk, sop
Related formsmilk·sop·ism, nounmilk·sop·py, milk·sop·ping, adjective

Synonyms

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milquetoast, softy, namby-pamby, wimp.
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Examples from the Web for milksop

Historical Examples

  • I may have blushed and stammered, and I may have blubbered like a milksop, but it was not because I was afraid.

    Dwellers in the Hills

    Melville Davisson Post

  • So Crosson called Drury a milksop because he would not go hunting.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • I don't want to stop the boy's reading, but I can't have him a milksop.

    David Elginbrod

    George MacDonald

  • To develop it I 69 replied guardedly, albeit unwilling to pose as a milksop.

    Desert Dust

    Edwin L. Sabin

  • As it was, everybody said he was a milksop, and a tender-foot, and he was just sick of it.


British Dictionary definitions for milksop

milksop

noun
  1. a feeble or ineffectual man or youth
  2. British a dish of bread soaked in warm milk, given esp to infants and invalids
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Derived Formsmilksoppy or milksopping, adjectivemilksopism, noun
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Word Origin and History for milksop

n.

"effeminate spiritless man," late 14c., attested as a (fictional) surname mid-13c.; also applied in Middle English to the infant Christ. Literal sense "piece of bread soaked in milk" attested late 15c.; see milk (n.) + sop (n.).

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