- a weak or ineffectual person.
Origin of milksop
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milquetoast, softy, namby-pamby, wimp.
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Examples from the Web for milksop
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
I don't want to stop the boy's reading, but I can't have him a milksop.David Elginbrod
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.
- a feeble or ineffectual man or youth
- British a dish of bread soaked in warm milk, given esp to infants and invalids
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Word Origin and History for milksop
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