milk·​sop ˈmilk-ˌsäp How to pronounce milksop (audio)
: a weak or cowardly man

Examples of milksop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jane Eyre is the milksop sibling to Villette's Lucy Snowe, the introvert's introvert: brainy, passionate, and dark. The Week, 23 May 2022

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Word History


Middle English, literally, bread soaked in milk

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of milksop was in the 14th century

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“Milksop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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