a very timid, unassertive, spineless person, especially one who is easily dominated or intimidated: a milquetoast who's afraid to ask for a raise.
- Also called Caspar Milquetoast.
- milk toast, milquetoast
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How to use milquetoast in a sentence
Speaking of milquetoast, Congress had the chance to pass legislation that could address the myriad threats to climate stability, food security, biodiversity, and the rest of our ecological health.Everything You Need to Know About the State of the Environment in 2022 | lwhelan | January 6, 2022 | Outside Online
Depending on who you ask, the problem is either too much “wokeness” on the progressive side or too much milquetoast moderation from the centrists.
Getting it right can be the difference between a milquetoast conversion rate and driving huge value for your clients and stakeholders.What does crypto have to do with SEO and PPC?; Thursday’s daily brief | Carolyn Lyden | September 2, 2021 | Search Engine Land
Usually they’re sort of milquetoast fellows, but boy, he knew exactly where he was going.Not all presidents’ dance skills are created equal | Bonnie Berkowitz, Joanne Lee | January 21, 2021 | Washington Post
The late PBS anchor Jim Lehrer, described recently by Politico columnist Jack Shafer as the “paladin of the milquetoast,” moderated but did nothing more than choose audience members to ask questions.Cigarettes, Sewage and a Giant Perot: Inside San Diego’s Own Presidential Debate | Randy Dotinga | October 7, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
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 | Soraya Roberts | November 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Can music be both milquetoast and hard-hitting at the same time?Jennifer Lopez’s ‘A.K.A.’ Is Terrible. What Happened to Her Music? | Kevin Fallon | June 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Imagine—if EOB had been knocked down—a postwar milquetoast, boxy structure in its place.President Obama Eyes New Oval Office While the White House Undergoes Renovations | Lauren Ashburn | February 3, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Hence, all the agreeing with Obama, all the adopting of milquetoast positions.Debate III: Obama Wins, But Does It Do Him Any Good? | Michael Tomasky | October 23, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
In contrast, Santorum's milquetoast “disagreement” looks pathetic and unpresidential.“Get Out!” Says Christian-Supremacist Pastor. Does Rick Santorum Agree? | Jay Michaelson | March 20, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for milquetoast
US and Canadian a meek, submissive, or timid person
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