milksop

  • 1 Milksop — Milk sop , n. A piece of bread sopped in milk; figuratively, an effeminate or weak minded person. Shak. [1913 Webster] To wed a milksop or a coward ape. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 milksop — (n.) effeminate spiritless man, late 14c., attested as a (fictional) surname mid 13c.; also applied in Middle English to the infant Christ. Literal sense piece of bread soaked in milk attested late 15c.; see MILK (Cf. milk) (n.) + SOP (Cf. sop)… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 milksop — [n] coward baby*, caitiff, chicken*, chicken heart*, chicken liver*, cry baby, deserter, fraidy cat*, jellyfish*, lily liver, momma’s boy*, namby pamby, pansy, pantywaist, quitter, scaredy cat*, sissy*, weakling, wimp, wuss*, wussy*, yellow,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 4 milksop — ► NOUN ▪ a timid and indecisive person …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 milksop — [milk′säp΄] n. a man seen as timid, ineffectual, effeminate, etc …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 Milksop — Wikipedia does not have an encyclopedia article for Milksop (search results). You may want to read Wiktionary s entry on milksop instead.wiktionary:Special:Search/milksop …

    Wikipedia

  • 7 milksop — UK [ˈmɪlkˌsɒp] / US [ˈmɪlkˌsɑp] noun [countable] Word forms milksop : singular milksop plural milksops old fashioned an insulting word for a boy or man who is not brave …

    English dictionary

  • 8 Milksop — Recorded in many forms including Melsop, Mellsop, Milsap, Millsap, Millsop, Milsop, Milksop, Milksopp and Milkesoppe, this is a medieval English surname. It would seem to have been either a rather cruel nickname for a male person who was… …

    Surnames reference

  • 9 milksop — milk|sop [ˈmılksɔp US sa:p] n old fashioned [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: milksop bread softened in milk (14 15 centuries)] a boy or man who is too gentle and weak, and who is afraid to do anything difficult or dangerous …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 milksop — /ˈmɪlksɒp / (say milksop) noun 1. a dish of bread, etc., soaked in milk, as given to children and invalids. 2. an effeminate man or youth. –milksopism, noun …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 11 Milksop —    Recorded since the thirteenth century as a term of abuse for a man lacking courage, and still to be heard in school playgrounds, according to the Opies in The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren. The original reference was probably to bread… …

    A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • 12 milksop — noun Etymology: Middle English, literally, bread soaked in milk Date: 14th century an unmanly man ; mollycoddle …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 milksop — milksopism, n. milksoppy, milksopping, adj. /milk sop /, n. a weak or ineffectual person. [1350 1400; ME. See MILK, SOP] Syn. milquetoast, softy, namby pamby, wimp. * * * …

    Universalium

  • 14 milksop — noun a) A weak, easily frightened or ineffectual person. b) A piece of bread sopped in milk …

    Wiktionary

  • 15 milksop — Synonyms and related words: Lord Fauntleroy, Milquetoast, Percy, ass, baby, big baby, born fool, buffoon, caitiff, chicken, chicken liver, clown, coward, cream puff, crybaby, dastard, doodle, doormat, dull tool, effeminate, egregious ass, figure… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 16 milksop — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. pantywaist, milquetoast, sissy; see coward . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. *wimp, mouse, *chicken, *wuss, coward, pansy, sissy, baby, pantywaist, milquetoast. ANT.: macho man, he man, hero III (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17 milksop — milk|sop [ mılk,sap ] noun count OLD FASHIONED an insulting word for a boy or man who is not brave …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 milksop — mɪlksÉ‘p / sÉ’p n. wimp, delicate man, man who lacks masculine qualities adj. cowardly, wimpy, not manly …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 19 milksop — noun a timid or ineffectual man or boy …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20 milksop — n. 1. Piece of bread sopped in milk. 2. Effeminate man, feeble minded man …

    New dictionary of synonyms