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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.
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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)]
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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]
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milquetoast

- 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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milquetoast

noun
A person who behaves in a childish, weak, or spoiled way:
Idiom: mama's boy.
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Perhaps that is the fate of all such guides, doomed to sail between the Scylla of hectoring nationalism and the Charybdis of milquetoasty ingratiation.
But it's also unavoidable that Kearns, as nicely played by Greg Kinnear, was a pretty milquetoasty guy--and he's the colorful one in the family.
In a rare concession, Evans judges the attack on Marshall a mistake, but even this judgment is milquetoasty and loaded with qualifiers.