[ milk-sop ]
/ ˈmɪlkˌsɒp /


a weak or ineffectual person.

Nearby words

  1. milking stool,
  2. milkmaid,
  3. milkman,
  4. milko,
  5. milkshed,
  6. milktoast,
  7. milkweed,
  8. milkweed beetle,
  9. milkweed bug,
  10. milkweed butterfly

Origin of milksop

1350–1400; Middle English. See milk, sop

Related formsmilk·sop·ism, nounmilk·sop·py, milk·sop·ping, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for milksop


/ (ˈmɪlkˌsɒp) /


a feeble or ineffectual man or youth
British a dish of bread soaked in warm milk, given esp to infants and invalids
Derived Formsmilksoppy or milksopping, adjectivemilksopism, noun

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Word Origin and History for milksop



"effeminate spiritless man," late 14c., attested as a (fictional) surname mid-13c.; also applied in Middle English to the infant Christ. Literal sense "piece of bread soaked in milk" attested late 15c.; see milk (n.) + sop (n.).

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