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middy1

[mid-ee] /ˈmɪd i/
noun, plural middies.
1.
Informal. a midshipman.
Origin of middy1
1825-1835
First recorded in 1825-35; mid(shipman) + -y2

middy2

[mid-ee] /ˈmɪd i/
noun, plural middies. Australian Slang.
1.
a medium-size drinking glass commonly holding half a pint and used for beer.
Origin
First recorded in 1940-45; mid1 + -y2
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  • She was wearing a middy blouse, and that made her look five years younger.

    The Wall Street Girl Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • “No, Tom, I certainly could not,” said the middy decisively.

    Hunting the Skipper George Manville Fenn
  • “No; we have got something else to think of, Tom,” said the middy sternly.

    Hunting the Skipper George Manville Fenn
  • “Then I feel disposed to do it,” cried the middy passionately.

    Hunting the Skipper George Manville Fenn
  • Now then, you two,” cried the middy angrily, “you have been asleep!

    Hunting the Skipper George Manville Fenn
  • “Never mind,” said the middy, speaking through his set teeth.

    Hunting the Skipper George Manville Fenn
  • “Call your fellows, then, to row the boat to where he is,” said the middy.

    Hunting the Skipper George Manville Fenn
  • “Come, out with it, my lad;” for the middy had hesitated and turned red.

    Hunting the Skipper George Manville Fenn
  • Poor young Peter Heywood the middy looked on bewildered as if in a dream.

    The Lonely Island R.M. Ballantyne
  • “It is, though,” was the reply; and the middy raised his piece.

    Fitz the Filibuster George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for middy

middy

/ˈmɪdɪ/
noun (pl) -dies
1.
(informal) See midshipman (sense 1)
2.
3.
(Austral) a middle-sized glass of beer
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Word Origin and History for middy
n.

colloquial abbreviation of midshipman, by 1818. As "loose, long type of women's blouse," 1911, from resemblance to shirts worn by midshipmen.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for middy

middy

noun

A midshipman (1818+ Nautical)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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