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Sunday, October 09, 2011

milquetoast

\MILK-tohst\ , noun;
1.
A very timid, unassertive, spineless person, especially one who is easily dominated or intimidated.
Quotes:
He played the quintessential meek, scrawny, milquetoast character.
-- Iris Johansen, Fatal Tide
It was hard to believe that a milquetoast coward like myself could be involved in such a clandestine and dangerous operation.
-- Walter Mosley, Fear of the Dark
Origin:
Milquetoast is after Caspar Milquetoast, a character in The Timid Soul, a comic strip by H. T. Webster (1885-1952), American cartoonist.
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