nouninformal North American
A timid or feeble person.
- ‘Jennings plays him as something of a milquetoast’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
adjectiveinformal North American
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’
- ‘When it is suggested such a show must be "nice" for the family, she indicates the word is too milquetoast to express the family's sentiment.’
- ‘Nobody would call him a goody-goody, milquetoast politician.’
- ‘The one small feud that broke out was incredibly milquetoast.’
- ‘The worst thing you can be is milquetoast.’
- ‘This milquetoast agreement muddies the conversation.’
- ‘During an eclipse, a milquetoast flower store clerk discovers an unusual plant.’
- ‘They are one of America's most inoffensive, milquetoast pop groups.’
- ‘Since then she has run a measured, milquetoast campaign.’
- ‘He was the awkward newcomer, the milquetoast stepdad trying to prove himself to his new wife and her two children.’
- ‘That still sounds too milquetoast to me.’
1930s from the name of a cartoon character, Caspar Milquetoast, created by H. T. Webster in 1924.
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