milquetoast
[ milk-tohst ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
1930s from the name of a cartoon character, Caspar Milquetoast, created by H. T. Webster in 1924
Synonyms
  • milksop
  • baby
  • mollycoddle
  • weakling
  • youth
  • sissy
Antonyms
  • adult
Definition
a very timid, unassertive, spineless person, especially one who is easily dominated or intimidated
Example
A) He was a milquetoast who couldn't even ask his boss for a vacation. B) Lane had so much potential but was too much of a milquetoast to ever rise to the top.
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