milksop

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n milksop a timid man or boy considered childish or unassertive
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Milksop A piece of bread sopped in milk; figuratively, an effeminate or weak-minded person. "To wed a milksop or a coward ape."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n milksop A piece of bread sopped in milk.
    • n milksop A soft, effeminate, girlish man; one who is devoid of manliness: a term of contempt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Milksop a piece of bread sopped or soaked in milk: an effeminate, silly fellow
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. meolc, milk; Ger. milch, milk.

Usage

In literature:

People would look upon me as a mere milksop.
"The Young Rajah" by W.H.G. Kingston
You ain't goin' to show the white feather and become a milksop, are you?
"The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands" by R.M. Ballantyne
I was no milksop, and I had led a soldier's life, and had seen plenty of things that were not pretty to look at.
"In Direst Peril" by David Christie Murray
He thinks of the religious man as a milksop, a mollycoddle.
"Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence" by Various
The milksops can go home and to bed.
"The Grammar School Boys of Gridley" by H. Irving Hancock
Milksops, I call them!
"Red Cap Tales" by Samuel Rutherford Crockett
A sely milksop, Sir, that cannot look a goose in the face!
"Clare Avery" by Emily Sarah Holt
We don't care to associate with a milksop, who allows himself to be ordered around by women and children.
"The Telegraph Boy" by Horatio Alger, Jr.
The carriage was full of people, who must have heard it, and would be sure to set him down as no end of a milksop and mollycoddle.
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed
They are no milksops either.
"Northern Travel" by Bayard Taylor
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