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[mid-n] /ˈmɪd n/
a dunghill or refuse heap.
Origin of midden
1300-50; Middle English midding < Old Danish mykdyngja, equivalent to myk manure + dyngja pile (Danish mødding) Unabridged
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  • They happened to fall soft, on a midden, and got away unhurt.

    From a Terrace in Prague Lieut.-Col. B. Granville Baker
  • Then, Mrs. midden says that they get ruined just as soon as they are brought here.

    Virginia Ellen Glasgow
  • I forgot to tell you that Mrs. midden has found me such a nice servant.

    Virginia Ellen Glasgow
  • The day you do weel there will be seven munes in the lift and ane on the midden.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • One corner of this midden is bricked off to form a drainage pit.

    The Red Watch J. A. Currie
  • The reformation of midden Harbour was a congenial task to Philip and his wife.

    Nestleton Magna J. Jackson Wray
  • Some a little weaker, some with more bilge-water in it, or a trifle of a dash from the midden.

    Mary Anerley R. D. Blackmore
  • And Nod said softly: "Float but a span nearer to me, midden—a span and just a half a span."

    The Three Mulla-mulgars Walter De La Mare
  • They stood about a ruin of felled trees, with a midden and its butterflies in the midst.

    The Sea and the Jungle H. M. Tomlinson
  • If you boys have no objection, I think I'll spend the afternoon at my midden.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for midden


  1. (archaic or dialect) a dunghill or pile of refuse
  2. (dialect) a dustbin
  3. (Northern English, dialect) an earth closet
Word Origin
C14: from Scandinavian; compare Danish mödding from mögmuck + dynge pile
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Word Origin and History for midden

mid-14c., "dung hill," of Scandinavian origin; cf. Danish mødding, from møg "muck" (see muck (n.)) + dynge "heap of dung" (see dung). Modern archaeological sense of "kitchen midden" is from Danish excavations.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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