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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. 2017.
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  • Franks answer was to strip off his middy blouse, an action followed by Hank.

    Two Boys of the Battleship Frank V. Webster
  • “No; we have got something else to think of, Tom,” said the middy sternly.

    Hunting the Skipper George Manville Fenn
  • Aleck went off, being saluted by a nod from the middy, who lay back in the stern-sheets of the cutter.

    The Lost Middy George Manville Fenn
  • Now then, you two,” cried the middy angrily, “you have been asleep!

    Hunting the Skipper George Manville Fenn
  • He dodged round to take the middy in the rear; but a British gunner promptly ran him through with his cutlass.

    The Post of Honour Richard Wilson
  • Poor young Peter Heywood the middy looked on bewildered as if in a dream.

    The Lonely Island R.M. Ballantyne
  • “And I, my friend,” cried Don Ramon excitedly catching the middy by the hand.

    Fitz the Filibuster George Manville Fenn
  • Yes, I suppose so,” said the middy coolly; “and of course you are coming too?

    Fitz the Filibuster George Manville Fenn
  • After breakfast she pinned the little nosegay 156 to her middy and went down to the pergola.

    Penny of Top Hill Trail Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • “It must have been horrible,” said the middy, looking his sympathy.

    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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