verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- milites gloriosi,
- militia movement of the 1990s,
- milk bank,
- milk bar,
- milk cap,
- milk chocolate,
- milk cow
Origin of milk
Examples from the Web for milk
He would shake a chilled Coke, and then spray the soda into a cold glass of milk.
Still, not everything has been milk and honey when it comes to trans issues in the Holy Land.
Rebel Wilson was the buzziest new talent on TV at the time, and ABC wanted to milk her for as many viewers as it could.
Donations kept coming in, mostly in plastic grocery bags filled with food, water, and milk.
The result is that a gallon of milk at the local market costs $12.55.
This fuel you get when you eat lean meat, eggs, milk, and many other things.Keep-Well Stories for Little Folks|May Farinholt-Jones
The natural food of a young baby is his mother's milk, and no satisfactory substitute for it has yet been found.Study of Child Life|Marion Foster Washburne
It is also necessary to refer to the importance of cows' milk as a source of animal food protein.Animal Proteins|Hugh Garner Bennett
He manipulates it, presses it as a child presses its nurse's breast, to draw from its brown bosom the milk of fertility.The Works of Theophile Gautier, Volume 5|Theophile Gautier
It is eaten with milk or cream, or fruit, or is delicious when eaten as a toast with butter.Boy Scouts Handbook|Boy Scouts of America
- a whitish nutritious fluid produced and secreted by the mammary glands of mature female mammals and used for feeding their young until weaned
- the milk of cows, goats, or other animals used by man as a food or in the production of butter, cheese, etcRelated adjectives: lacteal, lactic
Word Origin for milk
Old English meoluc (West Saxon), milc (Anglian), from Proto-Germanic *meluks "milk" (cf. Old Norse mjolk, Old Frisian melok, Old Saxon miluk, Dutch melk, Old High German miluh, German Milch, Gothic miluks), from *melk- "to milk," from PIE root *melg- "to wipe, to rub off," also "to stroke; to milk," in reference to the hand motion involved in milking an animal (cf. Greek amelgein, Latin mulgere, Old Church Slavonic mlesti, Lithuanian melžu "to milk," Old Irish melg "milk," Sanskrit marjati "wipes off"). Old Church Slavonic noun meleko (Russian moloko, Czech mleko) is considered to be adopted from Germanic.
Of milk-like plant juices from late 14c. Milk chocolate is first recorded 1723; milk shake is first recorded 1889, for a variety of creations, but the modern version is only from the 1930s. Milk tooth (1727) uses the word in its figurative sense "period of infancy," attested from 17c. To cry over spilt milk is first attested 1836 in writing of Canadian humorist Thomas C. Haliburton. Milk and honey is from the Old Testament phrase describing the richness of the Promised Land (Num. xvi:13, Old English meolc and hunie). Milk of human kindness is from "Macbeth" (1605).
Old English melcan, milcian, meolcian "to milk, give milk, suckle," from Proto-Germanic *melk- "to milk" (cf. Dutch melken, Old High German melchan, German melken), from PIE root *melg- (see milk (n.)). Figurative sense of "exploit for profit" is first found 1520s. Related: Milked; milking.
In addition to the idiom beginning with milk
- milk of human kindness, the
- cry over spilt milk