milk

1 of 3

noun

plural milks
1
a
: a fluid secreted by the mammary glands of females for the nourishment of their young
b(1)
: milk from an animal and especially a cow used as food by people
(2)
: a food product produced from seeds or fruit that resembles and is used similarly to cow's milk
vegan milk
dairy-free milks
see also almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, soy milk
2
: a liquid resembling milk in appearance: such as
a
: the latex of a plant
b
: the contents of an unripe kernel of grain
3
: lactation
cows in milk

milk

2 of 3

verb

milked; milking; milks

transitive verb

1
a(1)
: to draw milk from the breasts or udder of
(2)
obsolete : suckle sense 2
b
: to draw (milk) from the breast or udder
c
: suckle sense 1
used of domestic animals
2
: to draw something from as if by milking: such 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

milk

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adjective

: giving milk
specifically : bred or suitable primarily for milk production
milk cows

Example Sentences

Noun cheese made from sheep's milk a glass of low-fat milk Verb greedy landlords milking their tenants of all their money unscrupulous people trying to milk the welfare system for all it's worth
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Kith created a commuter cup for cereal and milk on the go. Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2022 Preheat oven to 350 F. Place onions and milk in a medium bowl and set aside. Endia Fontanez, The Arizona Republic, 16 Nov. 2022 The program is further complemented by the addition of a new pecan-cashew milk made in-house. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 16 Nov. 2022 For instance, Jurewicz tells us some people use masticating juicers to make baby food or nut milk. Brittany Vanderbill, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Nov. 2022 The challenge is that the compounds need to be safe for animal consumption and not pass through the meat or milk to humans. Nick Perry, ajc, 14 Nov. 2022 Mix in breadcrumbs and milk, until well combined, set aside. Paris Wolfe, cleveland, 14 Nov. 2022 About 80 gorgeous miles beyond the start, the trail hits the North Rim and begins its plummet of 6,000 vertical feet and two billion years of geologic accumulation to the beleaguered Colorado River, now a slowed flow of cheap chocolate milk. Grayson Haver Currin, Outside Online, 13 Nov. 2022 And when the weight of the galaxy, and his overbearing mother Edie, and his lack of a satisfying job situation gets him down, Syril loves nothing more than to drown his sorrows in a big bowl of space cereal drowned in a sea of blue milk. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 3 Nov. 2022
Verb
No, Dwight has never dealt with smartphones and apps, but the script hits that sort of thing a bit too hard trying to milk laughs. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Nov. 2022 Bill Belichick is in all his glory these days and plans to milk every second. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 18 Oct. 2022 Companies in and outside the US are finding ways to milk the incentives. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 13 Oct. 2022 Life — and the Hollywood studio system — found a way to repeatedly milk Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park franchise for new stories, says Jurassic World Dominion filmmaker Colin Trevorrow. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 30 Sep. 2022 However, the product is a risk to other people in one’s household or visitors who might be allergic to milk. Chris Smith, BGR, 26 Aug. 2022 Stewart envisions adding six more of those, as well as new shade structures with 24 robots to milk the cows, all to be implemented within the next 10 years. Melina Walling, The Arizona Republic, 12 Sep. 2022 Moreover, some people allergic to milk risk developing a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis that requires immediate attention. Chris Smith, BGR, 26 Aug. 2022 In the evening, Attikat drives her cows back to the barn to milk them. Keith Gessen, The New Yorker, 18 Aug. 2022
Adjective
The beer was cold and good, the local sheep’s milk cheese pungent and delicious. Washington Post, 27 Nov. 2019 The protein Perfect Day uses may not come from cow milk, but it’s still technically milk protein—and that’s what’s printed on the ingredients list, because that’s how the US Food and Drug Administration regulates product labeling. Chase Purdy, Quartz, 11 July 2019 Some of the farm groups cite Canada’s dairy system as an example of how milk supply management, coupled with price controls, has kept small farms in business. Rick Barrett, USA TODAY, 1 May 2018 Some of the farm groups cite Canada’s dairy system as an example of how milk supply management, coupled with price controls, has kept small farms in business. Rick Barrett, USA TODAY, 1 May 2018 Some of the farm groups cite Canada’s dairy system as an example of how milk supply management, coupled with price controls, has kept small farms in business. Rick Barrett, USA TODAY, 1 May 2018 Some of the farm groups cite Canada’s dairy system as an example of how milk supply management, coupled with price controls, has kept small farms in business. Rick Barrett, USA TODAY, 1 May 2018 Some of the farm groups cite Canada’s dairy system as an example of how milk supply management, coupled with price controls, has kept small farms in business. Rick Barrett, USA TODAY, 1 May 2018 Some of the farm groups cite Canada’s dairy system as an example of how milk supply management, coupled with price controls, has kept small farms in business. Rick Barrett, USA TODAY, 1 May 2018 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a(1)

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of milk was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near milk

Cite this Entry

“Milk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/milk. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

milk 1 of 3

noun

1
: a whitish liquid secreted by the mammary glands of female mammals as food for their young
especially : cow's milk used as food by human beings
2
: a liquid (as the juice of a coconut) like milk

milk

2 of 3

verb

1
: to draw milk from the breasts or udder of (as by pressing or sucking)
milk a cow
2
: to draw or yield milk
return in time for milking
3
: to draw something from as if by milking
milker noun

milk

3 of 3

adjective

: giving milk
especially : bred for milk production
a milk cow

Medical Definition

milk 1 of 2

noun

1
a
: a fluid secreted by the mammary glands of females for the nourishment of their young
b(1)
: milk from an animal and especially a cow used as food by people
(2)
: a food product produced from seeds or fruit that resembles and is used similarly to cow's milk
coconut milk
soy milk
2
: lactation sense 2
cows in milk

milk

2 of 2

transitive verb

1
a
: to draw milk from the breasts or udder of
b
: to draw (milk) from the breast or udder
2
: to induce (a snake) to eject venom

intransitive verb

: to draw or yield milk

Geographical Definition

Milk

geographical name

river 625 miles (1006 kilometers) long in the Canadian province of Alberta and the U.S. state of Montana; flows southeast into the Missouri River

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