[ milk-tohst ]
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noun(sometimes initial capital letter)
  1. a very timid, unassertive, spineless person, especially one who is easily dominated or intimidated: a milquetoast who's afraid to ask for a raise.

Origin of milquetoast

1935–40, Americanism; after Caspar Milquetoast, a character in The Timid Soul, comic strip by H. T. Webster (1885–1952), American cartoonist
  • Also called Caspar Milquetoast.

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British Dictionary definitions for milquetoast


/ (ˈmɪlkˌtəʊst) /

  1. US and Canadian a meek, submissive, or timid person

Origin of milquetoast

C20: from Caspar Milquetoast, a cartoon character invented by H. T. Webster (1885–1952)

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