Part of speech: noun
Origin: American English, 1924
A timid or meek individual
Someone who is not assertive
Examples of Milquetoast in a sentence
"I love Jerry, but he can be a bit of a milquetoast when it comes to standing up for himself."
"Don't be such a milquetoast — go out there and tell them what you want."
Popularity Over Time
If you’re a milquetoast — someone who is timid or shy — you might want to hire a professional line holder to ensure nobody takes your place in a long queue. These people can make as much as $25 per hour holding your spot in a lengthy line so you don’t waste your time.
Did you Know?
This unique word was inspired by the meek character Caspar Milquetoast in a 1920s comic strip called "The Timid Soul." The name Milquetoast was inspired by milk toast, a British dish featuring buttered toast served in hot milk.