milk toast

Origin of milk toast

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55
Can be confusedmilk toast milquetoast

milk-toast

[milk-tohst]
adjective
  1. easily dominated; extremely mild; ineffectual; namby-pamby; wishy-washy.

Origin of milk-toast

First recorded in 1815–25
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British Dictionary definitions for milktoast

milktoast

noun
  1. a variant spelling of milquetoast
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Word Origin and History for milktoast
n.

also milk-toast, "toast softened in milk," 1831, from milk (n.) + toast (n.). Figurative of softness or innocence by 1859.

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