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milquetoast

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milquetoast
/milk"tohst'/, n. (sometimes cap.)
a very timid, unassertive, spineless person, esp. one who is easily dominated or intimidated: a milquetoast who's afraid to ask for a raise. Also called Caspar Milquetoast.
[1935-40, Amer.; after Caspar Milquetoast, a character in The Timid Soul, comic strip by H. T. Webster (1885-1952), American cartoonist]

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  • milquetoast — n American an un macho, meek man; a wimp. Rem iniscent of the food given to invalids, mil quetoast derives from the name of the fictional character Caspar Milquetoast, created by the American cartoonist H. T. Webster. Zsa Zsa Gabor used the term …   Contemporary slang

  • milquetoast — noun Etymology: Caspar Milquetoast, comic strip character created by H. T. Webster died 1952 American cartoonist Date: 1935 a timid, meek, or unassertive person …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • Milquetoast — [ mɪlktəʊst] noun chiefly N. Amer. a person who is timid or submissive. Origin 1930s: from the name of a cartoon character, Caspar Milquetoast, created by H. T. Webster in 1924 …   English new terms dictionary

  • milquetoast — 1. adjective /ˈmɪlktəʊst/ Meek, timid. 2. noun /ˈmɪlktəʊst/ A person of meek or timid disposition …   Wiktionary