middling

[ mid-ling ]
/ ˈmɪd lɪŋ /
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adjective

medium, moderate, oraverage 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.

Origin of middling

1375–1425; late Middle English (north). See mid1, -ling2
Related formsmid·dling·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for middlings (1 of 2)

middlings

/ (ˈmɪdlɪŋz) /

pl n

the poorer or coarser part of flour or other products
commodities of intermediate grade, quality, size, or price
mainly US the part of a pig between the ham and shoulder

British Dictionary definitions for middlings (2 of 2)

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
Derived Formsmiddlingly, adverb

Word Origin for middling

C15 (northern English and Scottish): from mid 1 + -ling ²
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Word Origin and History for middlings

middling


adj.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with middlings

middling


see fair to middling.

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