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Sunday, October 09, 2011

Definitions for milquetoast

  1. (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.

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Citations for milquetoast
And though he said little, he was not by any means a milquetoast; indeed, he was as capable as anyone of manly fury. John Gardner, The Sunlight Dialogues, 1972
He didn't want the liquor and sympathy of her husband, a Milquetoast, a nice boy who'd made it because his parents were rich and because he wasn't torn by the passions that sometimes ruled other men. Michael Cunningham, Flesh and Blood, 1995
Origin of milquetoast
1935-1940
Milquetoast came to English in the 1930s from the character Caspar Milquetoast, who appeared in the comic strip The Timid Soul by American cartoonist H. T. Webster.