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A man lacking courage and other qualities deemed manly.

milk′sop′py adj.


1. a feeble or ineffectual man or youth
2. (Cookery) Brit a dish of bread soaked in warm milk, given esp to infants and invalids
ˈmilkˌsoppy, ˈmilkˌsopping adj
ˈmilkˌsopism n



a weak or ineffectual person.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.milksop - a timid man or boy considered childish or unassertivemilksop - a timid man or boy considered childish or unassertive
coward - a person who shows fear or timidity


A person who behaves in a childish, weak, or spoiled way:
Idiom: mama's boy.


[ˈmɪlksɒp] Nmarica m
References in classic literature ?
They are disputing about Victor, of whom Hunsden affirms that his mother is making a milksop.
Better a thousand times he should be a milksop than what he, Hunsden, calls 'a fine lad;' and moreover she says that if Hunsden were to become a fixture in the neighbourhood, and were not a mere comet, coming and going, no one knows how, when, where, or why, she should be quite uneasy till she had got Victor away to a school at least a hundred miles off; for that with his mutinous maxims and unpractical dogmas, he would ruin a score of children.
The step must, however, be taken, and it shall be; for, though Frances will not make a milksop of her son, she will accustom him to a style of treatment, a forbearance, a congenial tenderness, he will meet with from none else.
The poor child will be the veriest milksop that ever was sopped
My husband often expressed much dissatisfaction at the lieutenant's preferring my company to his; he was very angry with me on that account, and gave me many a hearty curse for drawing away his companions; saying, `I ought to be d--n'd for having spoiled one of the prettiest fellows in the world, by making a milksop of him.
Above all he must crush that conceited milksop who was the cause of it all.
East was evidently putting his best foot foremost; and Tom, who was mighty proud of his running, and not a little anxious to show his friend that, although a new boy, he was no milksop, laid himself down to work in his very best style.
He must have been an extreme milksop not to say angrily, "Look there, now
If I was a fine, young, strapping chap like you, I should be ashamed of being milksop enough to pin myself to a woman's apron-strings
The stage-manager walked away, shrugging his shoulders, fuming, muttering insults at those milksops who remained quietly squatting in a corner while the whole theater was topsyturvy{sic}.
Consent to this whipping, my son; to the devil with the devil, and leave fear to milksops, for 'a stout heart breaks bad luck,' as you very well know.
Could not the men whom they despised as milksops beat them, even on their own ground?