Origin of middling
verb (used with or without object), mid·dled, mid·dling.
Origin of middle
Synonyms for middle
Antonyms for middle
Related Words for middlingso-so, mediocre, passable, run-of-the-mill, medium, okay, fair, average, good, common, intermediate, ordinary, moderate, mean, conventional, decent, indifferent, modest, tolerable, traditional
Examples from the Web for middling
Contemporary Examples of middling
He was living under the alias Alonso Rivera Muñoz as a middling real estate developer and art collector in Querétaro.Trading Dime Bags for Salvador Dali
October 19, 2014
Unlike hoity-toity displays of pedigree fluff, the Average Joe Cat Show is a celebration of middling felines.The Cat's Meow: Top 10 Destinations for Feline Fanatics
December 20, 2013
This is a middling jobs report for the middle of the business cycle.The Slow, Grinding Repair of the American Labor Market
May 3, 2013
France achieved only middling results in an online test by Education First.Why Can’t France Learn English?
March 9, 2013
But if you their incomes to other high earners, doctors in the US are actually kind of middling by OECD standards.Why Would We Cut Doctor Pay?
January 24, 2013
Historical Examples of middling
I was middling small, with a square jaw, snub nose and sandy hair.The Harbor
The cod, fished for on this coast, is of the middling sort, and very delicate.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
Round the dough into balls, the size of a middling apple; throw them into boiling water, and let them boil twenty minutes.
This fruit may be kept for several months, if gathered of a middling size at midsummer, and treated in the following manner.
What girl is ever more than middling the week before she's married?The Manxman
Word Origin for middling
Word Origin for middle
1540s, from Scottish mydlyn (mid-15c.), from middle + suffix -ing. Used to designate the second of three grades of goods. As an adverb by 1719.
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 fair to middling.
see caught in the middle; in the middle of; play both ends against the middle.