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milk toast

noun
1.
toast, usually buttered, served in hot milk with sugar or with salt and pepper.
Origin of milk toast
1850-1855
1850-55, Americanism
Can be confused
milk toast, milquetoast.

milk-toast

[milk-tohst] /ˈmɪlkˌtoʊst/
adjective
1.
easily dominated; extremely mild; ineffectual; namby-pamby; wishy-washy.
noun
Origin
1815-25
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British Dictionary definitions for milktoast

milktoast

/ˈmɪlkˌtəʊst/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of milquetoast
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for milktoast
n.

also milk-toast, "toast softened in milk," 1831, from milk (n.) + toast (n.). Figurative of softness or innocence by 1859.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for milktoast

milquetoast

noun

A mild, ineffectual person; a timid person; wimp

[1924+; fr or popularized by the comic-strip character Caspar Milquetoast in ''The Timid Soul'' by H T Webster]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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