milk toast


noun

toast, usually buttered, served in hot milk with sugar or with salt and pepper.

Nearby words

  1. milk sickness,
  2. milk snake,
  3. milk spots,
  4. milk stout,
  5. milk sugar,
  6. milk tooth,
  7. milk train,
  8. milk vetch,
  9. milk white,
  10. milk-alkali syndrome

Origin of milk toast

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55

Can be confusedmilk toast milquetoast

milk-toast

[ milk-tohst ]
/ ˈmɪlkˌtoʊst /

adjective

easily dominated; extremely mild; ineffectual; namby-pamby; wishy-washy.

noun

Origin of milk-toast

First recorded in 1815–25

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British Dictionary definitions for milktoast

milktoast

/ (ˈmɪlkˌtəʊst) /

noun

a variant spelling of milquetoast
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Word Origin and History for milktoast

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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