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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.
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US and Canadian a meek, submissive, or timid person
[C20: from Caspar Milquetoast, a cartoon character invented by H. T. Webster (1885–1952)]
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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]
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- Comes from a comic strip character created in 1924 who was shy, timid, and unassertive.
See also related terms for shy.
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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
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A person who behaves in a childish, weak, or spoiled way:
Idiom: mama's boy.
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We should not merely aim for the underwhelming condemnations or milquetoast resolutions that usually are accomplished in such UNSC meetings.
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Hill's affable, subtly drawn Austin is easily intimidated and demonstrably condescending: the milquetoast as monster.
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Every American should have the opportunity throughout their lives to obtain the skills and education to realise their full potential." This kind of milquetoast sentimentality charading as policy is ripped straight out of the centrist Democrats' playbook.
We might expect more than a soppy, milquetoast statement from an influential American newspaper when its reporting is censored.
Aiming to woo a younger and hipper audience(and compete with NBC's Bonanza), CBS took a chance on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, a variety show whose monologues, skits and guest took weekly aim at the establishment class and pushed the bounderies of TV's milquetoast sensibilities, One of the show's singular moments took place 50 years ago, when The Doors performed "Touch Me" with backing by the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Seemingly sober and fully clothed, frontman Jim Morrison actually behaved himself for the cameras.
But neither was he a milquetoast. While in Madrid, he challenged fellow propagandist Antonio Luna to a duel after Luna disparaged Nellie Boustead while in a drunken rage.
RG: I thought their milquetoast attempt at censorship was bizarre, particularly for a Jesuit university.
By now, the seven words are both well known and, for the most part, relatively tame; any preteen watching even the most milquetoast basic cable offerings sees and hears much worse.
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The left-wing extremists at such a convention would, as always, have the loudest voices, and would be mostly opposed by milquetoast right-wingers eager for compromise.