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Oct 31, 2013
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milquetoast
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milquetoast
Caspar Milquetoast
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milquetoast

PRONUNCIATION:
(MILK-tohst)

MEANING:
noun: A timid, unassertive person.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Caspar Milquetoast, a comic strip character by H.T. Webster (1885-1952). A synonym of the word is milksop. Earliest documented use: 1932.

USAGE:
"Martin Oberman: This is a very tough place. You can't be a milquetoast."
Peter Slevin; Testing Rahm; The Washington Post; Sep 13, 2012.

See more usage examples of milquetoast in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Poetry should please by a fine excess and not by singularity. It should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost as a remembrance. -John Keats, poet (1795-1821)

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