- 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
Examples from the Web for 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 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.