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middling

adjective mid·dling \ ˈmid-liŋ , -lən \
|Updated on: 5 Jul 2018

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

Recent Examples of middling from the Web

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First Known Use of middling

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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MIDDLING Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of middling for English Language Learners

  • : of average size or quality



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