mid·​dling | \ ˈmid-liŋ How to pronounce middling (audio) , -lən \

Definition of middling

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of middling (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from middling


middling adverb
middlingly \ ˈmid-​liŋ-​lē How to pronounce middling (audio) , -​lən-​ \ adverb

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Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of middling in a Sentence

Adjective tired of the city but not particularly interested in small-town life, he moved to a suburb of middling size was disappointed in the renowned historian's latest book, which is only middling
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Utah’s had middling vaccination rates (ranking 26th), but pretty high infection rates (ranking seventh). Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Dec. 2021 The micro-controversy was the perfect distraction from House of Gucci’s middling reviews, many of which ding Scott for failing to craft a compelling take on the juicy material. Nate Jones, Vulture, 26 Nov. 2021 Take for example, Monday’s 126-123 win over the Charlotte Hornets — a middling team in the Eastern Conference. Dj Siddiqi, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 The news is … well, pretty much the middling outcome that experts have been anticipating for weeks: a blunting of a certain type of immune protection, but not an obliteration. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 8 Dec. 2021 After the middling results of COP26 — the U.N. climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland — the world may be doing to the residents of small island states what British soldiers did to the Chagossians: sentencing them to forced exile. Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2021 The 49ers averaged a middling 3.5 yards a carry and didn’t have a run longer than 17 yards. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Nov. 2021 While many of the film’s reviews were middling, with Rotten Tomatoes rating it at 60%, rewatching it in 2021 is as enjoyable and soothing as using one of those free massage chairs at the mall. Emma Specter, Vogue, 7 Nov. 2021 In fact, most FIFA games since 2015’s FIFA 16 received middling to negative reviews on Metacritic. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 3 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Pack's other walking wounded will also benefit from rest ahead of the stretch run, which includes a favorable schedule offering up middling-to-bad NFC North opponents. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 1 Dec. 2021 Considering Chicago’s banged-up, middling defense — No. 23 in overall efficiency, according to Football Outsiders — Bears coaches might feel the same way. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, 19 Nov. 2021 Back in Japan, Mr. Kishida was an ardent — although, by his own admission, middling — baseball player. New York Times, 30 Oct. 2021 The death rate for counties with the highest Trump share since June 21 is 30% higher than for the counties with middling or lower Trump share. Susie Neilson, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Sep. 2021 The Portland Thorns are riding high at the top of the league table, even while missing several key players, and will face a Kansas City side down on their luck and middling at the bottom of the league table. oregonlive, 1 Aug. 2021 The game debuted to middling-to-poor reviews, and a 62 Metascore puts it as the 32nd highest rated PS5 release this year alone. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 31 May 2021 But reviews have generally remained fair to middling, and the brand has grown to seem more like an afterthought in recent years. Tony Sachs, Robb Report, 24 May 2021 Their homes, and knockoffs of them, have been definitive L.A., machines for living, dissolving again the distinction between indoors and outdoors, and once attainable by people of middling means. Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of middling


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Middling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/middling. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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