from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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.
  • n. The milk of cows, goats, or other animals, used as food by humans.
  • n. A liquid, such as coconut milk, milkweed sap, plant latex, or various medical emulsions, that is similar to milk in appearance.
  • transitive v. To draw milk from the teat or udder of (a female mammal).
  • transitive v. To draw or extract a liquid from: milked the stem for its last drops of sap.
  • transitive v. To press out, drain off, or remove by or as if by milking: milk venom from a snake.
  • transitive v. Informal To draw out or extract something from, as if by milking: milked the witness for information.
  • transitive v. Informal 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).
  • intransitive v. To yield or supply milk.
  • intransitive v. To draw milk from a female mammal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. A white (or whitish) colored liquid obtained from a vegetable source such as soy beans, coconuts, almonds, rice, oats. Also called non-dairy milk.
  • n. An individual serving of milk.
  • n. semen
  • v. To express milk from (a mammal, especially a cow).
  • v. To express any liquid (from any creature).
  • v. To talk or write at length about (a particular point).
  • v. To take advantage of (a situation).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A white fluid secreted by the mammary glands of female mammals for the nourishment of their young, consisting of minute globules of fat suspended in a solution of casein, albumin, milk sugar, and inorganic salts.
  • n. A kind of juice or sap, usually white in color, found in certain plants; latex. See Latex.
  • n. An emulsion made by bruising seeds.
  • n. The ripe, undischarged spat of an oyster.
  • transitive v. To draw or press milk from the breasts or udder of, by the hand or mouth; to withdraw the milk of.
  • transitive v. To draw from the breasts or udder; to extract, as milk.
  • transitive v. To draw anything from, as if by milking; to compel to yield profit or advantage; to plunder.
  • intransitive v. To draw or to yield milk.
  • intransitive v. To give off small gas bubbles during the final part of the charging operation; -- said of a storage battery.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A white or bluish-white liquid secreted by the mammary glands of the females of the class Mammalia, and drawn from their breasts for the nourishment of their young.
  • n. Anything resembling milk in appearance, taste, etc., as the juice of the cocoanut and the sap of certain plants (see latex).
  • n. The spat before it is discharged from an oyster.
  • n. A slight cloudy opacity occurring in some diamonds.
  • n. Milk which has undergone a special fermentation caused by a microbe, Bacterium cyanoyenum, which causes it to assume a blue color.
  • To press or draw milk from the breasts or udders of: as, to milk a cow.
  • To suck.
  • Figuratively, to drain the contents or the strength from: exhaust gradually: as, to milk a friend's purse; the soil has been milked of its fertility.
  • In racing slang, to bet against, as an owner against his horse when the horse is to be withdrawn, or cannot win, or is not to be allowed to win.
  • In telegraphy, to draw part of the current from (a wire) through an instrument without cutting the wire; read a message by placing an induction apparatus close to (the wire).
  • To supply with milk; feed with milk.
  • n. An emulsion; any liquid which holds small particles of solid matter in suspension.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. produced by mammary glands of female mammals for feeding their young
  • n. a white nutritious liquid secreted by mammals and used as food by human beings
  • v. add milk to
  • n. a river that rises in the Rockies in northwestern Montana and flows eastward to become a tributary of the Missouri River
  • v. exploit as much as possible
  • v. take milk from female mammals
  • n. any of several nutritive milklike liquids


Middle English, from Old English milc; see melg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English milk, mylk, melk, mulc, from Old English meolc, meoluc ("milk"), from Proto-Germanic *meluks, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂melǵ-. (Wiktionary)
From Old English melcan, from Proto-Germanic *melkanan, 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, Lithuanian mélžti, Tocharian A mālk-. (Wiktionary)



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    April 1, 2010

  • Nah, that didn't work. There were too many of us kids and the milkman couldn't keep up. :-)

    November 10, 2007

  • You were a smartie. I would probably have just asked for lots of bottles of milk.

    November 9, 2007

  • I loved milk so much when I was a kid that I asked for a cow for my birthday one year. (We did not live on a farm.)

    November 9, 2007