middie

[ mid-ee ]
/ ˈmɪd i /
|

noun Informal.

a midshipman.

Nearby words

  1. midday,
  2. middelburg,
  3. middelmannetjie,
  4. middelskot,
  5. midden,
  6. middle,
  7. middle age,
  8. middle ages,
  9. middle america,
  10. middle american

Origin of middie

see origin at middy1

middy

1
[ mid-ee ]
/ ˈmɪd i /

noun, plural mid·dies.

Informal. a midshipman.

Origin of middy

1
First recorded in 1825–35; mid(shipman) + -y2

middy

2
[ mid-ee ]
/ ˈmɪd i /

noun, plural mid·dies. Australian Slang.

a medium-size drinking glass commonly holding half a pint and used for beer.

Origin of middy

2
First recorded in 1940–45; mid1 + -y2

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British Dictionary definitions for middies

middie

/ (ˈmɪdɪ) /

noun

Australian a glass or bottle containing 285ml of beer

middy

/ (ˈmɪdɪ) /

noun plural -dies

informal See midshipman (def. 1)
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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