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[milk-sop] /ˈmɪlkˌsɒp/
a weak or ineffectual person.
Origin of milksop
1350-1400; Middle English. See milk, sop
Related forms
milksopism, noun
milksoppy, milksopping, adjective
milquetoast, softy, namby-pamby, wimp. Unabridged
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  • And I'll pound that milksop of yours to a jelly every time I see him.

    The Voice of the Pack Edison Marshall
  • I don't want to stop the boy's reading, but I can't have him a milksop.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • Your daughter would never care for a milksop; and I will take the liberty of saying that you would like one quite as little.

    Washington Square Henry James
  • As it was, everybody said he was a milksop, and a tender-foot, and he was just sick of it.

  • Why, I am actually becoming fond of my milksop; a good lad, eh, Mrs. Grahame?

    Hildegarde's Home Laura E. Richards
  • A milksop; and that I must come and rough it among other boys.

    Burr Junior G. Manville Fenn
  • You see, at heart he was a slow-coach, a milksop, nothing of the man of the world about him.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • I was wild enough, but I promise you I was a milksop to him.

    Roger Ingleton, Minor Talbot Baines Reed
  • You are expected to drink, and the man who declines to do so is looked upon as a milksop.

    The Land of the Kangaroo Thomas Wallace Knox
  • He went about his duties as quietly as before, but never after that did they call him milksop.

    Pike & Cutlass George Gibbs
British Dictionary definitions for milksop


a feeble or ineffectual man or youth
(Brit) a dish of bread soaked in warm milk, given esp to infants and invalids
Derived Forms
milksoppy, milksopping, adjective
milksopism, noun
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Word Origin and History for milksop

"effeminate spiritless man," late 14c., attested as a (fictional) surname mid-13c.; also applied in Middle English to the infant Christ. Literal sense "piece of bread soaked in milk" attested late 15c.; see milk (n.) + sop (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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