milquetoast

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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 milquetoast 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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Dad returns--albeit not to mom--just as Rille starts thinking his real father might be ma's milque-toast secret squeeze, shopkeeper Gunnar (Frederik Nilsson).
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(Only one o the monologues, Bed Among the Lentils, starring Maggie Smith, was aired in the U.S.) The show allows local audiences to reacquaint themselves with the milque-toast momma's boy, Graham, in A Chip in the Sugar, acted unforgettably by the playwright; as well as the epistle-obsessed Irene Ruddock (played by Patricia Routledge on TV and on stage) in A Lady of Letters.
Dusoleil, a milque-toast functionary in the Ministry of Post who one day discovers he is able to walk through walls.