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middling

[ mid-ling ]
/ ˈmɪd lɪŋ /
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adjective

medium, moderate, or average in size, quantity, or quality: The returns on such a large investment may be only middling.
mediocre; ordinary; commonplace; pedestrian: The restaurant's entrées are no better than middling.
Older Use. in fairly good health.

adverb

moderately; fairly.

noun

middlings, any of various products or commodities of intermediate quality, grade, size, etc., as the coarser particles of ground wheat mingled with bran.
Often middlings .Also called middling meat .Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. salt pork or smoked side meat.

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Origin of middling

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English (north) medlinge (present participle) “coming between, middle”; see also mid1, -ling2
mid·dling·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for middling

middling
/ (ˈmɪdlɪŋ) /

adjective

mediocre in quality, size, etc; neither good nor bad, esp in health (often in the phrase fair to middling)

adverb

informal moderatelymiddling well
middlingly, adverb
C15 (northern English and Scottish): from mid 1 + -ling ²
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Idioms and Phrases with middling

middling

see fair to middling.

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