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milque·toast

 (mĭlk′tōst′)
n.
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.

milquetoast

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

milque•toast

(ˈmɪlkˌtoʊst)

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]

milquetoast

- 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

milquetoast

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