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One who has a meek, timid, unassertive nature.

[After Caspar Milquetoast, , a meek comic-strip character created by Harold Tucker Webster (1885-1952) and named in reference to milk toast.]

milque′toast′y adj.


US and Canadian a meek, submissive, or timid person
[C20: from Caspar Milquetoast, a cartoon character invented by H. T. Webster (1885–1952)]



n. (often cap.)
a timid or unassertive person.
[1935–40, Amer.; after Caspar Milquetoast, a character in The Timid Soul, comic strip by H. T. Webster (1885–1952), U.S. cartoonist]


- Comes from a comic strip character created in 1924 who was shy, timid, and unassertive.
See also related terms for shy.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.milquetoast - a timid man or boy considered childish or unassertiveMilquetoast - 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.
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Webster created Caspar Milquetoast for his 1924 strip, "The Timid Soul.
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They will look as if they favour a crackdown on suspected terrorists getting guns - Democratic California Senator Dianne Feinstein's measure - but will actually be voting for a milquetoast bill with so many hoops to jump through that it wouldn't do much of anything to stop assault weapons from getting into the hands of the wrong people.
I confess: I resented the inquiry in no small part because the available titles"bubbe," "zayde," and even the milquetoast "grandpa" (and its generic variations)didn't at all fit.
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The supporting characters are little more than cameos, with the best being baritone Bruce Kellys bang-on milquetoast bureaucrat, Sharpless, and mezzo Armine Kassabian's desperately loyal maid, Suzuki, though kudos should be given to The Bonze (Jeremy Bowes) who looked like The Lord of the Rings' brooding elf, Legolas, in an outtake of The Walking Dead.
Although the milquetoast Justin is initially resistant to the charade, he enthusiastically joins in after finally getting somewhere with Josie (Nina Dobrev), the beautiful coffee shop waitress for whom he's been pining.
Three goofy pharmacists travel back to Ancient Greece on a milquetoast inventor's time machine 1962 ?
AMC's "Breaking Bad" wrapped-up with the death of Walter White, the milquetoast chemistry teacher who turned into the most-dreaded drug kingpin, Heisenberg.
In comparison to the zany sidekicks, the lovers are kind of milquetoast.
Within a year, White had gone from underachieving milquetoast to ruthless drug kingpin willing to commit any form of collateral damage to reach his goals.