see also: Milk
Pronunciation Noun


  1. (uncountable) A white liquid produced by the mammary glands of female mammals to nourish their young. From certain animals, especially cows, it is also called dairy milk and is a common food for humans as a beverage or used to produce various dairy products such as butter, cheese, and yogurt.
    • 2007 September 24, Chris Horseman (interviewee), Emily Harris (reporter), “Global Dairy Demand Drives Up Prices”, Morning Edition, National Public Radio
      […] there's going to be that much less milk available to cover any other uses. Which means whether it's liquid milk or whether it's [milk that's been turned into] cheese or yogurt, the price gets pulled up right across the board.
      Got milk?
      Skyr is a product made of curdled milk.
  2. (uncountable) A white (or whitish) liquid obtained from a vegetable source such as almonds, coconuts, oats, rice, and/or soy beans. Also called non-dairy milk. [from circa 1200]
    • 1381, Pegge Cook. Recipes, page 114, quoted in 1962, Hans Kurath and Sherman M. Kuhn (editors), Middle English Dictionary, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Press, ISBN 978-0-472-01044-8, page 1242, entry "dorrẹ̅":
      For to make Soupys dorry. Nym onyons […] Nym wyn […] toste wyte bred and do yt in dischis, and god Almande mylk.
    • circa 1430 (reprinted 1888), Thomas Austin (editor), Two Fifteenth-century Cookery-books. Harleian ms. 279 (ab. 1430), & Harl. ms. 4016 (ab. 1450), with Extracts from Ashmole ms. 1429, Laud ms. 553, & Douce ms. 55, London: N. Trübner & Co. for the Early English Text Society, volume I (Original Series; 91), OCLC 374760 ↗, page 11:
      Soupes dorye. — Take gode almaunde mylke […] caste þher-to Safroun an Salt […]
  3. (countable, informal) An individual serving of milk.
    Table three ordered three milks. (Formally: The guests at table three ordered three glasses of milk.)
  4. The ripe, undischarged spat of an oyster.
  5. (uncountable, slang) Semen.
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milk (milks, present participle milking; past and past participle milked)

  1. (transitive) To express milk from (a mammal, especially a cow).
    The farmer milked his cows.
    • c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene vii]:
      I have given suck, and know / How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me.
  2. (transitive) To draw (milk) from the breasts or udder.
    to milk wholesome milk from healthy cows
  3. (transitive) To express any liquid (from any creature).
  4. (transitive, figurative) To make excessive use of (a particular point in speech or writing, a source of funds, etc.); to exploit; to take advantage of (something).
    When the audience began laughing, the comedian milked the joke for more laughs.
    • They [the lawyers] milk an unfortunate estate as regularly as a dairyman does his stock.
  5. (of an electrical storage battery) To give off small gas bubbles during the final part of the charging operation.
  6. (transitive, slang) To single-mindedly masturbate a male to ejaculation, especially for the amusement and/or satisfaction of the masturbator/trix rather than the person masturbated.
    Controlled milking can actually establish and consolidate a mistress’ dominance over her sub rather than diminish it.
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  • Russian: дои́ть
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  1. Surname

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