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middy1

[mid-ee]
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noun, plural mid·dies.
  1. Informal. a midshipman.
  2. middy blouse.
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Origin of middy1

First recorded in 1825–35; mid(shipman) + -y2

middy2

[mid-ee]
noun, plural mid·dies. Australian Slang.
  1. a medium-size drinking glass commonly holding half a pint and used for beer.
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Origin of middy2

First recorded in 1940–45; mid1 + -y2
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Examples from the Web for middy

Historical Examples

  • She was wearing a middy blouse, and that made her look five years younger.

    The Wall Street Girl

    Frederick Orin Bartlett

  • “Call your fellows, then, to row the boat to where he is,” said the middy.

    Hunting the Skipper

    George Manville Fenn

  • “No, Tom, I certainly could not,” said the middy decisively.

    Hunting the Skipper

    George Manville Fenn

  • “Then I feel disposed to do it,” cried the middy passionately.

    Hunting the Skipper

    George Manville Fenn

  • Now then, you two,” cried the middy angrily, “you have been asleep!

    Hunting the Skipper

    George Manville Fenn


British Dictionary definitions for middy

middy

noun plural -dies
  1. informal See midshipman (def. 1)
  2. See middy blouse
  3. Australian a middle-sized glass of beer
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Word Origin and History for middy

n.

colloquial abbreviation of midshipman, by 1818. As "loose, long type of women's blouse," 1911, from resemblance to shirts worn by midshipmen.

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