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[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.
(US & Canadian) a meek, submissive, or timid person

“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.


A mild, ineffectual person; a timid person; wimp

[1924+; fr or popularized by the comic-strip character Caspar Milquetoast in ”The Timid Soul” by H T Webster]


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