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middie

[mid-ee]
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noun Informal.
  1. a midshipman.
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Origin of middie

see origin at middy1

middy1

[mid-ee]
noun, plural mid·dies.
  1. Informal. a midshipman.
  2. middy blouse.
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Origin of middy1

First recorded in 1825–35; mid(shipman) + -y2

middy2

[mid-ee]
noun, plural mid·dies. Australian Slang.
  1. a medium-size drinking glass commonly holding half a pint and used for beer.
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Origin of middy2

First recorded in 1940–45; mid1 + -y2
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Examples from the Web for middies

Historical Examples

  • We had a few extempore concerts in one of the middies' berths.

    A Boy's Voyage Round the World

    The Son of Samuel Smiles

  • “We shall do it, my lads,” whispered the lieutenant to the middies.

    Hunting the Skipper

    George Manville Fenn

  • Drop the father, and never go to him with tales; he has to treat you middies all alike.

    Syd Belton

    George Manville Fenn

  • We put our evening skirts and middies and slippers in the hammock of our berths.

  • Not but what the middies are apprenticed just as sure as we are.


British Dictionary definitions for middies

middie

noun
  1. Australian a glass or bottle containing 285ml of beer
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middy

noun plural -dies
  1. informal See midshipman (def. 1)
  2. See middy blouse
  3. Australian a middle-sized glass of beer
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Word Origin and History for middies

middy

n.

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

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