verb (used with or without object), mid·dled, mid·dling.
Origin of middle
Synonyms for middle
Antonyms for middle
Related Words for middleintermediate, heart, midst, intervening, medium, center, average, median, mean, inside, mainstream, mezzo, core, waist, media, midpoint, deep, focus, marrow, thick
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Contemporary Examples of middle
According to Pew, 14 of the 20 countries in the Middle East and North Africa have blasphemy laws.In Defense of Blasphemy
January 9, 2015
In the middle of all of that past suffering and present-day conflict, this Cosby bomb was dropped.Phylicia Rashad and the Cult of Cosby Truthers
January 8, 2015
And, especially when it comes to the middle, personality counts.Why This Liberal Hearts Huckabee
January 6, 2015
The same picture emerges from middle class men in the U.S., Canada, and the Nordic countries.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
Since then, the rising gap between the rich and middle- and lower-income families has risen to the fore.Christie Blames Parents for Bad Economy
January 3, 2015
Historical Examples of middle
At Fortieth Street he looked down to the middle of the block.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He was met halfway by a tall, strong man of middle age or more.
When he rejoined her in the middle of the room he gave her the key.
Omar Ben Sufi sat down in the middle of the street, and wondered.A Night Out
And accordingly, when he wakened in the middle of the night, he was alert on the instant.
Word Origin for middle
Old English middel, from West Germanic *middila (cf. Old Frisian middel, Old Saxon middil, Middle Low German, Dutch middel, Old High German mittil, German mittel), from Proto-Germanic *medjaz (see mid). Middle name attested from 1815; as "one's outstanding characteristic," colloquial, from 1911, American English.
According to Mr. H.A. Hamilton, in his "Quarter Sessions from Queen Elizabeth," the practice of giving children two Christian names was unknown in England before the period of the Stuarts, was rarely adopted down to the time of the Revolution, and never became common until after the Hanoverian family was seated on the throne. "In looking through so many volumes of county records," he says, "I have, of course, seen many thousands and tens of thousands of proper names, belonging to men of all ranks and degrees,--to noblemen, justices, jurymen, witnesses, sureties, innkeepers, hawkers, paupers, vagrants, criminals, and others,--and in no single instance, down to the end of the reign of Anne, have I noticed any person bearing more than one Christian name ...." [Walsh]
Middle school attested from 1838, originally "middle-class school, school for middle-class children;" the sense in reference to a school for grades between elementary and high school is from 1960. Middle management is 1957. Middle-of-the-road in the figurative sense is attested from 1894; edges of a dirt road can be washed out and thus less safe. Middle finger so called from c.1000.
Old English middel, from middle (adj.).
see caught in the middle; in the middle of; play both ends against the middle.