- The definition of milk is a white or yellowish liquid that comes out of the nipples of mammals to feed their babies, or the liquid of various plants and fruits.
- An example of milk is what women feed their baby when breast feeding.
- An example of milk is what cream is made of.
- An example of milk is the liquid inside a coconut.
- Milk is defined as to remove, obtain or pull out.
An example of milk is a woman telling a man she loves him to get what she wants.
Two bottles of cows milk.
- a white or yellowish emulsion secreted by the mammary glands of female mammals for suckling their young and usually consisting of fats, proteins, sugars, vitamins, and minerals suspended in water
- cow's milk, or, sometimes, that of goats, camels, etc., drunk by humans as a food or used to make butter, cheese, casein products, etc.
- any liquid like this, as the juice of various plants or fruits (e.g., coconut milk), or any of various emulsions
Origin of milkMiddle English ; from Old English meolc, akin to Old Norse mjolk, German milch ; from Indo-European base an unverified form melĝ-, to stroke, press out, wipe off, hence to milk (an animal) from source Classical Greek amelgein, Classical Latin mulgere, to milk
- to draw or squeeze milk from the mammary glands of (a cow, etc.)
- to draw out or drain off; extract as if by milking
- to drain off or extract money, ideas, strength, etc. from as if by milking; exploit
- to extract juice, sap, venom, etc. from
- to draw out (information, etc.) as if by milking
- to give milk
- to draw milk
cry over spilt milk
- A whitish liquid containing proteins, fats, lactose, and various vitamins and minerals that is produced by the mammary glands of all mature female mammals after they have given birth and serves as nourishment for their young.
- The milk of cows, goats, or other animals, used as food by humans.
- Any of various potable liquids resembling milk, such as coconut milk or soymilk.
- A liquid resembling milk in consistency, such as milkweed sap or milk of magnesia.
verbmilked, milk·ing, milks
- a. To draw milk from the teat or udder of (a female mammal).b. To draw or extract a liquid from: milked the stem for its last drops of sap.
- To press out, drain off, or remove (a liquid): milk venom from a snake.
- Informal a. To draw out or extract something from: milked the witness for information.b. To obtain money or benefits from, in order to achieve personal gain; exploit: “The dictator and his cronies had milked their country of somewhere between $5 billion and $10 billion” (Russell Watson).c. To obtain the greatest possible advantage from (a situation).d. To get the greatest effect from (a line or scene in a play, for example).
- To yield or supply milk.
- To draw milk from a female mammal.
Origin of milkMiddle English, from Old English milc; see melg- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural milks)
- (uncountable) A white liquid produced by the mammary glands of female mammals to nourish their young. From certain animals, especially cows, it is a common food for humans as a beverage or used to produce various dairy products such as butter, cheese, and yogurt.
- (countable, informal) An individual serving of milk.
- Table three ordered three milks. (Formally: The guests at table three ordered three glasses of milk.)
- (uncountable) A white (whitish) liquid obtained from a vegetable source such as soy beans, coconuts, almonds, rice, oats. Also called non-dairy milk.
- The ripe, undischarged spat of an oyster.
- (uncountable, slang) semen
Cognate with West Frisian molke (“milk”), Dutch melk (“milk”), Low German melk (“milk”), German Milch (“milk”), Yiddish מילך (milkh), Danish mælk (“milk”), Norwegian melk, mjølk (“milk”), Swedish mjölk (“milk”), Icelandic mjölk (“milk”), Albanian mjel (“to milk”), Polish mleko (“milk”), Welsh blith, Tocharian A malke, Lithuanian malkas, Latvian malks, and possibly Ancient Greek μέλκιον (melkion).
(third-person singular simple present milks, present participle milking, simple past and past participle milked)
- To express milk from (a mammal, especially a cow).
- The farmer milked his cows.
- To draw (milk) from the breasts or udder.
- to milk wholesome milk from healthy cows
- To express any liquid (from any creature).
- (figuratively) To make excessive use of (a particular point in speech or writing, etc.); to take advantage of (a situation).
- When the audience began laughing, the comedian milked the joke for more laughs.
From Old English melcan, from Proto-Germanic *melkaną, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₂melǵ-, the same root as the above noun. Compare Dutch and German melken, Danish malke, Norwegian mjølke, also Latin mulgeō (“I milk”), Ancient Greek ἀμέλγω (amelgō, “I milk”), Albanian mjel (“to milk”), Russian молозиво (molozivo), Lithuanian mélžti, Tocharian A mālk-.