- 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.
- moderately; fairly.
- 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
Examples from the Web for middlings
Historical Examples of middlings
The hams and shoulders being cut off, take for pickling the quantities proportioned to the middlings of a pretty large hog.
The middlings, which are rich in fats and protein, are prized for dairy cows.Agriculture for Beginners
Charles William Burkett
He merely asserts with his loudest voice that his middlings are not middlings.The Struggles of Brown, Jones, and Robinson
They used "middlings" for pancakes at home, when her mother was tired of buckwheat.A Little Girl of Long Ago
Amanda Millie Douglas
While he endeavored to regain his balance, the two Middlings eyed him curiously.The Royal Book of Oz
L. Frank Baum
- 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
- mediocre in quality, size, etc; neither good nor bad, esp in health (often in the phrase fair to middling)
- informal moderatelymiddling well
Word Origin for middling
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.
see fair to middling.