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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

milquetoast: Word of the Day
Dec. 16, 2015

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1. (sometimes initial capital letter) a very timid, unassertive, spineless person, especially one who is easily dominated or intimidated: a milquetoast who's afraid to ask for a raise.
And though he said little, he was not by any means a milquetoast; indeed, he was as capable as anyone of manly fury.
-- John Gardner, The Sunlight Dialogues, 1972
Milquetoast came to English in the 1930s from the character Caspar Milquetoast, who appeared in the comic strip The Timid Soul by American cartoonist H. T. Webster.
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