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milksop

[milk-sop] /ˈmɪlkˌsɒp/
noun
1.
a weak or ineffectual person.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English. See milk, sop
Related forms
milksopism, noun
milksoppy, milksopping, adjective
Synonyms
milquetoast, softy, namby-pamby, wimp.
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British Dictionary definitions for milksop

milksop

/ˈmɪlkˌsɒp/
noun
1.
a feeble or ineffectual man or youth
2.
(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
n.

"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.).

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