Definition of milquetoast in English:


Syllabification: milque·toast
Pronunciation: /ˈmilkˌtōst
(also Milquetoast)


chiefly North American
  • A person who is timid or submissive: [as modifier]: a soppy, milquetoast composer
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    • Alarms ring when Garvin speaks of applying to the Olympic Village design standards like those that produced the Milquetoast, nothing-ventured buildings at Battery Park City.
    • Enter Ray Rhodes, a highly regarded defensive troubleshooter with a knack for resurrecting Milquetoast units.
    • Charlie is the self-effacing, Milquetoast dude who allows people to walk all over him.


1930s: from the name of a cartoon character, Caspar Milquetoast, created by H. T. Webster in 1924.

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