One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A timid or feeble person.‘Jennings plays him as something of a milquetoast’
- ‘Enter Ray Rhodes, a highly regarded defensive troubleshooter with a knack for resurrecting Milquetoast units.’
- ‘Charlie is the self-effacing, Milquetoast dude who allows people to walk all over him.’
- ‘Alarms ring when Garvin speaks of applying to the Olympic Village design standards like those that produced the Milquetoast, nothing-ventured buildings at Battery Park City.’
Feeble, insipid, or bland.‘a soppy, milquetoast composer’‘he ran a milquetoast campaign’‘some think he is boring and milquetoast but I like his professionalism’
1930s: from the name of a cartoon character, Caspar Milquetoast, created by H. T. Webster in 1924.
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