One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who is timid or submissive.as modifier ‘a frail, milquetoast character’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Charlie is the self-effacing, Milquetoast dude who allows people to walk all over him.’
- ‘Enter Ray Rhodes, a highly regarded defensive troubleshooter with a knack for resurrecting Milquetoast units.’
1930s: from the name of a cartoon character, Caspar Milquetoast, created by H. T. Webster in 1924.
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