- a dunghill or refuse heap.
- kitchen midden.
Origin of midden
1300–50; Middle English midding < Old Danish mykdyngja, equivalent to myk manure + dyngja pile (Danish mødding)
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Examples from the Web for midden
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.
I forgot to tell you that Mrs. Midden has found me such a nice servant.
The day you do weel there will be seven munes in the lift and ane on the midden.The Proverbs of Scotland
One corner of this midden is bricked off to form a drainage pit.The Red Watch
J. A. Currie
- archaic, or dialecta dunghill or pile of refuse
- dialecta dustbin
- Northern English dialectan earth closet
- See kitchen midden
C14: from Scandinavian; compare Danish mödding from mög muck + dynge pile
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Word Origin and History for midden
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