noun \ˈmilk\

: a white liquid produced by a woman to feed her baby or by female animals to feed their young; especially : milk from cows or goats that is used as food by people

: a white liquid produced by a plant

Full Definition of MILK

a :  a fluid secreted by the mammary glands of females for the nourishment of their young; especially :  cow's milk used as a food by humans
b :  lactation <cows in milk>
:  a liquid resembling milk in appearance: as
a :  the latex of a plant
b :  the juice of a coconut composed of liquid endosperm
c :  the contents of an unripe kernel of grain

Examples of MILK

  1. cheese made from sheep's milk
  2. a glass of low-fat milk

Origin of MILK

Middle English, from Old English meolc, milc; akin to Old High German miluh milk, Old English melcan to milk — more at emulsion
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel

Rhymes with MILK



: to get milk from (an animal)

: to use (something or someone) in a way that helps you unfairly

Full Definition of MILK

transitive verb
a (1) :  to draw milk from the breasts or udder of (2) obsolete :  suckle 2
b :  to draw (milk) from the breast or udder
c :  suckle 1 —used of domestic animals
:  to draw something from as if by milking: as
a :  to induce (a snake) to eject venom
b :  to draw or coerce profit or advantage from illicitly or to an extreme degree :  exploit <milk the joke for all it's worth>
intransitive verb
:  to draw or yield milk

Examples of MILK

  1. greedy landlords milking their tenants of all their money
  2. <unscrupulous people trying to milk the welfare system for all it's worth>

First Known Use of MILK

before 12th century



Definition of MILK

:  giving milk; specifically :  bred or suitable primarily for milk production <milk cows>

First Known Use of MILK

14th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut


geographical name \ˈmilk\

Definition of MILK

river 625 miles (1006 kilometers) Canada & United States in Alberta & Montana flowing SE into Missouri River
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a noisy boisterous band or parade
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