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milquetoast

1. adjective Extremely weak, timid, or ineffectual. A reference to H. T. Webster's comic strip character Caspar Milquetoast, who exhibited such traits. We're going to be the laughingstock of the world after such a milquetoast response from our government. We can't afford some milquetoast plan that just keeps the status quo—we need something drastic and daring that might really improve our sales. In the play, the hero returns to drive the milquetoast suitor from his home and reclaim his rightful place by his wife's side.
2. noun An extremely weak, timid, or ineffectual man. We need a president who's going to lead the nation with strength and resolve, not some milquestoast who'll just kowtow to every foreign leader who raises his voice. I swear, I don't know why I ever married a milquetoast like you. You can't even defend your own wife when she's been insulted!

milquetoast

(ˈmɪlktost)
n. an ineffectual man; a shy coward; an effeminate male. This little milquetoast goes up to the biker, looks at him sort of sad like, and then karate chops him into a quivering pulp.
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Trouble is, Kevin is too milquetoasty for his own good.
Doofus Jerry (Pitt), a crimeland errand boy in deep to the mob after having caused an auto accident that landed kingpin Margolese in prison, is forced by milquetoasty lieutenant Nayman (Bob Balaban) to do a "last job" -- recover a legendary 19th century pistol called "The Mexican" in a small south-of-the-border town.
Then there's Todd Woods (Paul Giamatti), a milquetoasty salesman who, after days on the road, can't even rouse a kiss or a nod of acknowledgment from his family when he wearily returns home.
In "The Whole Nine Yards," Willis' tough-guy act serves as an effective foil for Perry's Nicholas "Oz" Oseransky, a milquetoasty dentist living in an immaculately manicured Montreal suburb who recognizes the man moving into the house next door as the notorious Jimmy "The Tulip" Tudeski, a contract killer famous for having ratted on his former employers, the Hungarian Gogolak Gang of Chicago.