- toast, usually buttered, served in hot milk with sugar or with salt and pepper.
Origin of milk toast
An Americanism dating back to 1850–55
- easily dominated; extremely mild; ineffectual; namby-pamby; wishy-washy.
Origin of milk-toast
First recorded in 1815–25
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- a variant spelling of milquetoast
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Word Origin and History for milktoast
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