- 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
Related Words for milquetoastsuckling, bairn, newborn, milksop, tot, mollycoddle, toddler, youngster, nursling, babe, nipper, bambino, bundle, child, dividend, kid, boy, button, deduction, chick
Examples from the Web for milquetoast
Contemporary Examples of milquetoast
Either way, he stood out in a country whose media industry is often criticized for its milquetoast manner.Canada’s Subversive Sock Puppet: Ed the Sock Isn’t Afraid to Say Anything
November 13, 2014
Hence, all the agreeing with Obama, all the adopting of milquetoast positions.Debate III: Obama Wins, But Does It Do Him Any Good?
October 23, 2012
In contrast, Santorum's milquetoast “disagreement” looks pathetic and unpresidential.“Get Out!” Says Christian-Supremacist Pastor. Does Rick Santorum Agree?
March 20, 2012
Is anybody planning on running a repeat of Milquetoast and the Crazies again?Readers like GOP Rules, Just Not the Candidates
March 13, 2012
Gingrich has tried to depict Romney a milquetoast moderate in the line of former state governor Charlie Crist.A Florida Win Will Make Headlines, But What About the Delegates?
January 27, 2012
- US and Canadian a meek, submissive, or timid person
Word Origin for milquetoast
Word Origin and History for milquetoast
"timid, meek person," 1938, from Caspar Milquetoast, character created by U.S. newspaper cartoonist H.T. Webster (1885-1952) in the strip "The Timid Soul," which ran from 1924 in the "New York World" and later the "Herald Tribune." By 1930 the name was being referenced as a type of the meek man. The form seems to be milktoast with an added French twist; cf. also milksop.