Definition of milquetoast
: a timid, meek, or unassertive person
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This off-season is what the league needed after a milquetoast postseason that was soured by an overwhelming feeling of inevitability.
And at that point, candidates aren’t winning based on their charming personalities and milquetoast politics.
Though he was maligned as a milquetoast patsy, Alan Colmes’s run as the original Fox News liberal looks better in retrospect.
Today, more than half of the cars and trucks for sale boast as much power or more, including the milquetoast Kia Sorento.
Before the election of Donald Trump, Schiff was known in Washington as a milquetoast moderate.
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Don't Be Shy-Learn About milquetoast
Caspar Milquetoast was a comic strip character created in 1924 by the American cartoonist Harold T. Webster. The strip, called "The Timid Soul," ran every Sunday in the New York Herald Tribune for many years. Webster, who claimed that Milquetoast was a self-portrait, summed up the character as "the man who speaks softly and gets hit with a big stick." The earliest examples for Milquetoast used as a generic synonym for "timid person" date from the mid-1930s. Caspar's last name might remind you of "milk toast," a bland concoction of buttered toast served in a dish of warm milk.
Origin and Etymology of milquetoast
Caspar Milquetoast, comic strip character created by H. T. Webster †1952 American cartoonist
First Known Use: 1935See Words from the same year
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