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[milk-uh n-waw-ter, -wot-er]
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  1. ineffective; wishy-washy; lacking will or strength.
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Examples from the Web for milk-and-water

Historical Examples

  • It is a milk-and-water affair as it is now, and won't amount to anything.

    Down the Rhine

    Oliver Optic

  • Only milk-and-water proprieties, tamely-virtuous platitudes.

  • But he was not a milk-and-water man; and, gentle as were his manners, he was an earnest man.

    In The Saddle

    Oliver Optic

  • I like the spirit of him; there has been no milk-and-water drither, or lingering here.


    Mrs. Oliphant

  • He had no milk-and-water friends and no milk-and-water enemies.

British Dictionary definitions for milk-and-water


  1. (milk and water when postpositive) weak, feeble, or insipid
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