milquetoast

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See also: milk toast

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Etymology[edit]

From the character Caspar Milquetoast of the comic strip The Timid Soul, created by Harold Webster and first published in 1924 (named after the American dish milk toast).

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milquetoast (comparative more milquetoast, superlative most milquetoast)

  1. Meek, timid.
    • 1951, Joseph W. Martin, Congressional Record, volume 97, part 14:
      The truth is that we are cursed with a “milquetoast” Government operating under “milquetoast” policies. Fear has become a national policy.
    • 2016, Christopher Kelly, The Pink Bus. Mapple Shade, New Jersey: Lethe Press. p. 80.
      And if Dick Leonard didn't appreciate Patrick's incisive criticism--if it inspired a streak of vindictiveness in his usually milquetoast boss and Dick ended up making his assistant's life miserable?

Noun[edit]

milquetoast (plural milquetoasts)

  1. (pejorative) A person of meek or timid disposition.

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