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[milk-tohst] /ˈmɪlkˌtoʊst/
noun, (sometimes initial capital letter)
a very timid, unassertive, spineless person, especially one who is easily dominated or intimidated:
a milquetoast who's afraid to ask for a raise.
Also called Caspar Milquetoast.
Origin of milquetoast
1935-40, Americanism; after Caspar Milquetoast, a character in The Timid Soul, comic strip by H. T. Webster (1885-1952), American cartoonist
Can be confused
milk toast, milquetoast. Unabridged
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(US & Canadian) a meek, submissive, or timid person
Word Origin
C20: from Caspar Milquetoast, a cartoon character invented by H. T. Webster (1885–1952)
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Word Origin and History for milquetoast

"timid, meek person," 1938, from Caspar Milquetoast, character created by U.S. newspaper cartoonist H.T. Webster (1885-1952) in the strip "The Timid Soul," which ran from 1924 in the "New York World" and later the "Herald Tribune." By 1930 the name was being referenced as a type of the meek man. The form seems to be milktoast with an added French twist; cf. also milksop.

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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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