Middle Western



of or relating to the Middle West.

Origin of Middle Western

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10
Also called Midwestern.





Also Mid·west·ern. Middle Western.

Origin of Midwest

Related formsMid·west·ern·er, noun
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Contemporary Examples of midwestern

Historical Examples of midwestern

  • His voice was a low tenor, with just a touch of Midwestern twang.


    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Your accent's as phony as the pear-shaped tones of a Midwestern garden club president.

    Sense from Thought Divide

    Mark Irvin Clifton

  • If there's any sentiment in man or woman the airs of a spring night in our midwestern country will call it out.

    A Hoosier Chronicle

    Meredith Nicholson

  • Herbert L. Willett was in charge of its Midwestern office for a considerable period.

    An American Religious Movement

    Winfred Ernest Douglas

  • His voice had a pleasant, youthful, midwestern sound, like a Canadian newscaster: friendly and enthusiastic as a puppy.


    Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for midwestern


Middle Western


of or relating to the Midwest of the US or its inhabitants

Middle Western


another name for Midwestern


Middle West


the N central part of the US; the region consisting of the states from Ohio westwards that border on the Great Lakes, often extended to include the upper Mississippi and Missouri valleys
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Word Origin and History for midwestern



1926, in U.S. geographical sense, from earlier Midwestern (1889) in reference to a group of states originally listed as W.Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas; now generally meaning states somewhat further northwest. Related: Midwesterner.

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