milksop

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milksop

1. adjective Extremely weak, timid, or ineffectual. We're going to be the laughingstock of the world after such a milksop response from our government. We can't afford some milksop 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 milksop 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 milksop like you. You can't even defend your own wife when she's been insulted!
References in classic literature ?
Pickwick, that when I gave my son a roving license for a year or so, to see something of men and manners (which he has done under your auspices), so that he might not enter life a mere boarding-school milk-sop to be gulled by everybody, I never bargained for this.
Dane is nice but a milk-sop. Alex is not bright but he
I blame most of the milk-sop on editorial pages today on editorial boards (I used to work for one), which seem to be only interested in consensus above all else.
I know he's not some kind of effete public school milk-sop because you have to have something to be ranked in the top 20 in the world.
And if the world is about to be populated with a generation of milk-sop males, it's entirely the fault of the female of the species.