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

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middling adverb
middlingly \ ˈmid-​liŋ-​lē How to pronounce middlingly (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 Iowa has relied on a trio of tailbacks with middling success. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Special teams played a critical role in UW's victory over Iowa last season and could again on Saturday," 7 Nov. 2019 The marquee is occupied by Nebraska and Purdue, two middling teams who won’t draw in the casual viewer. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Big Ten football predictions: Michigan, Illinois expected to continue surges," 31 Oct. 2019 Before Sunday’s fixture, Wolves were a middling team — 13th in the league. Thomas Hindle, USA TODAY, "Manchester City gets upset again, falling further behind in Premier League title race," 6 Oct. 2019 The Chargers, through three games, look like just another middling NFL team, despite sharp work from receiver Keenan Allen, the return to form of Joey Bosa and betting-line favorite status entering all three games. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Chargers need to be good more than half the time," 22 Sep. 2019 Since 1978, the American Society of News Editors has tracked diversity in newsrooms, amplifying middling success and tragic retreats. Greg Burton, azcentral, "From our executive editor: We're dedicated to improving newsroom diversity – and have the numbers to prove it," 30 June 2019 But thanks to some middling X-Men comics that fans wouldn’t mind forgetting, combined with Marvel’s cinematic arm reacquiring the X-Men and the promise of mutants in the MCU, a perfect storm of excitement for X-Men fans has begun. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Marvel just changed everything we thought we knew about the X-Men in one fantastic comic," 8 Aug. 2019 The movie’s trajectory may recall 2018, when Green Book debuted to middling reviews and won Toronto’s biggest honor on the way to an Oscar for Best Picture. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Jojo Rabbit, Joker, and 5 More Movies to Look For This Fall," 16 Sep. 2019 After relatively middling starts to the year, given the preseason expectations heaped upon both teams, the Bulldogs and Fighting Irish are rounding into form. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Winners and losers from Week 3 in college football are led by Notre Dame and Georgia," 13 Sep. 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/middling?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=m&file=middli01. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of middling

: of average size or quality

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