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


[mid-ee] /ˈmɪd i/
noun, plural middies. Australian Slang.
a medium-size drinking glass commonly holding half a pint and used for beer.
First recorded in 1940-45; mid1 + -y2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for middy
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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


noun (pl) -dies
(informal) See midshipman (sense 1)
(Austral) a middle-sized glass of beer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for middy

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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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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