milquetoast

[ milk-tohst ]
/ ˈmɪlkˌtoʊst /

noun (sometimes initial capital letter)

a very timid, unassertive, spineless person, especially one who is easily dominated or intimidated: a milquetoast who's afraid to ask for a raise.

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Also called Caspar Milquetoast.

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH milquetoast

milk toast, milquetoast
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British Dictionary definitions for milquetoast

milquetoast
/ (ˈmɪlkˌtəʊst) /

noun

US and Canadian a meek, submissive, or timid person

Word Origin for milquetoast

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