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middling

adjective mid·dling \ ˈmid-liŋ , -lən \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of middling

1 : of middle, medium, or moderate size, degree, or quality
3 : of, relating to, or being a middle class

middling

adverb

middlingly

play \-lē\ adverb

Examples of middling in a Sentence

  1. tired of the city but not particularly interested in small-town life, he moved to a suburb of middling size

  2. was disappointed in the renowned historian's latest book, which is only middling

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First Known Use of middling

15th century


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middling

noun

Definition of middling

1 : any of various commodities of intermediate size, quality, or position
2 middlings plural in form but singular or plural in construction : a granular product of grain milling; especially : a wheat milling by-product used in animal feeds

First Known Use of middling

1543



MIDDLING Defined for English Language Learners

middling

adjective

Definition of middling for English Language Learners

  • : of average size or quality



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