What does milk mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word milk.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. milk(noun)

    a white nutritious liquid secreted by mammals and used as food by human beings

  2. milk(noun)

    produced by mammary glands of female mammals for feeding their young

  3. Milk, Milk River(noun)

    a river that rises in the Rockies in northwestern Montana and flows eastward to become a tributary of the Missouri River

  4. milk(verb)

    any of several nutritive milklike liquids

  5. milk(verb)

    take milk from female mammals

    "Cows need to be milked every morning"

  6. milk(verb)

    exploit as much as possible

    "I am milking this for all it's worth"

  7. milk(verb)

    add milk to

    "milk the tea"


  1. milk(Noun)

    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.

  2. milk(Noun)

    A white (or whitish) colored liquid obtained from a vegetable source such as soy beans, coconuts, almonds, rice, oats. Also called non-dairy milk.

  3. milk(Noun)

    An individual serving of milk.

    Table three ordered three milks. (Formally: The guests at table three ordered three glasses of milk.)

  4. milk(Noun)


  5. milk(Verb)

    To express milk from (a mammal, especially a cow).

    The farmer milked his cows.

  6. milk(Verb)

    To express any liquid (from any creature).

  7. milk(Verb)

    To talk or write at length about (a particular point).

  8. milk(Verb)

    To take advantage of (a situation).

    When the audience began laughing, the comedian milked the joke for more laughs.

  9. Origin: From meolc, from meluks, from h₂melg̑-. Indo-European cognates include Latin mulgeo, Ancient Greek ἀμέλγω, Albanian mjel,mil, Russian молозиво, Lithuanian melžti, Welsh blith, Tocharian A malke. Compare also Danish mælk, Dutch melk, West Frisian molke, German Milch, Norwegian melk/mjølk, Swedish mjölk, Yiddish . Polish mleko

Webster Dictionary

  1. Milk(noun)

    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

  2. Milk(noun)

    a kind of juice or sap, usually white in color, found in certain plants; latex. See Latex

  3. Milk(noun)

    an emulsion made by bruising seeds; as, the milk of almonds, produced by pounding almonds with sugar and water

  4. Milk(noun)

    the ripe, undischarged spat of an oyster

  5. Milk(verb)

    to draw or press milk from the breasts or udder of, by the hand or mouth; to withdraw the milk of

  6. Milk(verb)

    to draw from the breasts or udder; to extract, as milk; as, to milk wholesome milk from healthy cows

  7. Milk(verb)

    to draw anything from, as if by milking; to compel to yield profit or advantage; to plunder

  8. Milk(verb)

    to draw or to yield milk

  9. Origin: [AS. meoluc, meoloc, meolc, milc; akin to OFries. meloc, D. melk, G. milch, OHG. miluh, Icel. mjlk, Sw. mjlk, Dan. melk, Goth. miluks, G. melken to milk, OHG. melchan, Lith. milszti, L. mulgere, Gr. 'ame`lgein. 107. Cf. Milch, Emulsion, Milt soft roe of fishes.]


  1. Milk

    Milk is a white liquid produced by the mammary glands of mammals. It is the primary source of nutrition for young mammals before they are able to digest other types of food. Early-lactation milk contains colostrum, which carries the mother's antibodies to the baby and can reduce the risk of many diseases in the baby. It also contains many other nutrients. As an agricultural product, milk is extracted from mammals and used as food for humans. Worldwide, dairy farms produced about 730 million tonnes of milk in 2011. India is the world's largest producer and consumer of milk, yet neither exports nor imports milk. New Zealand, the European Union's 27 member states, Australia, and the United States are the world's largest exporters of milk and milk products. China and Russia are the world's largest importers of milk and milk products. Throughout the world, there are more than 6 billion consumers of milk and milk products. Over 750 million people live within dairy farming households. Milk is a key contributor to improving nutrition and food security particularly in developing countries. Improvements in livestock and dairy technology offer significant promise in reducing poverty and malnutrition in the world.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Milk

    milk, v.t. to squeeze or draw milk from: to supply with milk.—n. a white liquid secreted by female mammals for the nourishment of their young: a milk-like juice of certain plants.—adj. Milk′en, consisting of milk, or like milk.—ns. Milk′en-way (Bacon), the milky-way, the galaxy; Milk′er, one who milks: a machine for milking cows: a cow that gives milk; Milk′-fē′ver, a fever accompanying the secretion of milk shortly after childbirth.—adv. Milk′ily.—ns. Milk′iness; Milk′ing, the amount of milk drawn at one time; Milk′ing-stool, a stool on which the milker sits while milking; Milk′ing-time; Milk′ing-tube, a perforated tube inserted in a cow's teat to let the milk flow without pressing the udder; Milk′-kin′ship, the kinship arising from fostering.—adj. Milk′-liv′ered (Shak.), white-livered: cowardly.—ns. Milk′maid, a woman who milks: a dairymaid; Milk′man, a man who sells milk, esp. from door to door; Milk′-mō′lar, one of the grinders or back teeth in young animals, early shed and replaced by another; Milk′-porr′idge, porridge made with milk instead of water; Milk′-punch, an excellent but very heady drink made of milk, rum or whisky, sugar, and nutmeg; Milk′-sick′ness (U.S.), a kind of malignant fever affecting cattle, also men; Milk′sop, a piece of bread sopped or soaked in milk: an effeminate, silly fellow; Milk′-this′tle, the lady's thistle; Milk′-tooth, one of the first fore-teeth of a foal: one of the first teeth of a child; Milk′-tree, a tree yielding a milk-like, nourishing juice, as the cow-tree of South America; Milk′-vetch, a plant sometimes cultivated as food for cattle; Milk′-walk, a milkman's route.—adj. Milk′-warm, warm as new milk.—ns. Milk′-weed, a general name for plants of the genus Asclepias, from their milky juice; Milk′-wort, a genus of handsome flowering plants, containing a milk-like juice.—adj. Milk′y, made of, full of, like, or yielding milk: soft: gentle.—n. Milk′y-way (astron.), the galaxy, a broad, luminous zone in the sky, caused by the light of innumerable fixed stars. [A.S. meolc, milk; Ger. milch, milk.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Milk

    The white liquid secreted by the mammary glands. It contains proteins, sugar, lipids, vitamins, and minerals.


  1. Milk

    Milk is a mobile development lab founded by Kevin Rose, Jeff Hodsdon, and Daniel Burka.Milk has announced its first mobile app, Oink, released last fall. The company has since been acquired by Google.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'milk' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2392

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'milk' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1159

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'milk' in Nouns Frequency: #954


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of milk in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of milk in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Clifton Fadiman:

    Cheese - milk's leap toward immortality.

  2. Sophocles:

    There is no sense in crying over spilt milk.

  3. Krista Gray:

    A baby can always get more milk than a pump can.

  4. Ruby Rose:

    I don't need people to grow up. I drink milk!

  5. Warren White:

    If you add sugar and milk, it'd be just like Corn Flakes.

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