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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Examples from the Web for midden
Historical Examples of midden
They happened to fall soft, on a midden, and got away unhurt.
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.
One corner of this midden is bricked off to form a drainage pit.
British Dictionary definitions for midden
- archaic, or dialecta dunghill or pile of refuse
- dialecta dustbin
- 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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