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Not to be confused with Milk toast.

Milquetoast is an American English dysphemism for a weak, timid, or bland person.

The word milquetoast derives from the name of Caspar Milquetoast, a diffident character in H. T. Webster's comic strip The Timid Soul.[1] The comic strip first ran in 1924 in the New York World; it was later published in the Herald Tribune.[2]


  1. ^ "Milquetoast". Merriam-Webster. Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  2. ^ "Milquetoast". Online Etymolgy Dictionary. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 

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