[ milk-sop ]
/ ˈmɪlkˌsɒp /


a weak or ineffectual person.

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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