milquetoast

[milk-tohst]
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.
Also called Caspar Milquetoast.


Origin:
1935–40, Americanism; after Caspar Milquetoast, a character in The Timid Soul, comic strip by H. T. Webster (1885–1952), American cartoonist

milk toast, milquetoast.
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milquetoast (ˈmɪlkˌtəʊst)
 
n
(US), (Canadian) a meek, submissive, or timid person
 
[C20: from Caspar Milquetoast, a cartoon character invented by H. T. Webster (1885--1952)]

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Word Origin & History

milquetoast
1938, from Caspar Milquetoast, cartoon character created by H.T. Webster in 1924 as "The Timid Soul." Probably a variation of milksop (also see milktoast).
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milquetoast definition

[ˈmɪlktost]
  1. n.
    an ineffectual man; a shy coward; an effeminate male. : This little milquetoast goes up to the biker, looks at him sort of sad like, and then karate chops him into a quivering pulp.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
Ordering chicken is a milquetoast move and not sharing your short ribs is akin
  to hogging the ball in a pick-up game.
The attorney-general is a skilled prosecutor with a milquetoast public profile
  who has run a somewhat boring campaign.
Gross swung from what he called a milquetoast bullish stance to what became by
  summer a bold bet on lower rates.
Broomfield approaches, they take stock of his milquetoast manner and
  underestimate him.
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