a dunghill or refuse heap.

Origin of midden

1300–50; Middle English midding < Old Danish mykdyngja, equivalent to myk manure + dyngja pile (Danish mødding)
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Related Words for midden

dump, landfill, dumpsite, junkyard

Examples from the Web for midden

Historical Examples of 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.


    Ellen Glasgow

  • I forgot to tell you that Mrs. Midden has found me such a nice servant.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for midden



  1. archaic, or dialecta dunghill or pile of refuse
  2. dialecta dustbin
  3. Northern English dialectan earth closet

Word Origin for midden

C14: from Scandinavian; compare Danish mödding from mög muck + 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.

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