middling

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adjective

mid·​dling ˈmid-liŋ How to pronounce middling (audio)
-lən
1
: of middle, medium, or moderate size, degree, or quality
2
3
: of, relating to, or being a middle class
middling adverb
middlingly adverb

middling

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noun

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

Example Sentences

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
Biden, with his middling approval ratings, threatened to be an albatross for Democrats. Melanie Masonstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2022 This time against the middling Sacramento Kings, who last made the playoffs when George W. Bush was president and entered Wednesday’s game with just three wins. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 10 Nov. 2022 As one of the league’s top offenses, the Bills will let quarterback Josh Allen simply do his thing against a middling Green Bay defense. Catena Media, al, 30 Oct. 2022 The club had middling success until 1978, when another nightclub owner approached Wren with the idea of turning the venue into a gay disco. Brittanie Shey, Chron, 10 Nov. 2022 The 283 yards — 2 fewer than Northwestern’s middling offense managed — were the lowest under Day and lowest for Ohio State since the 2017 Cotton Bowl against USC. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 5 Nov. 2022 While their middling offense isn’t nearly as impressive, Illinois relies on its ground game to control proceedings. oregonlive, 5 Nov. 2022 The Cardinals' middling offense will be tasked with better efficiency on third down while attacking the Knights with a mix of running and passing. Shannon Russell, The Courier-Journal, 17 Sep. 2021 That passion and enthusiasm should lift a middling secondary currently allowing the 16th most passing yards per game at 216. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Oct. 2022
Noun
The margin between contending and middling is razor-thin. Jonas Shaffer, Baltimore Sun, 20 Oct. 2022 Despite the Broncos middling season overall, Monday’s matchup should be entertaining. Ian Firstenberg, Chicago Tribune, 17 Oct. 2022 New presidents often get a middling ranking after one year, with the exception of Trump, who was ranked third from last in 2018 and held the same spot in this year’s survey, said Donald P. Levy, the institute’s director. Jim Puzzanghera, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Aug. 2022 Pinto, however, believes that higher borrowing costs will cause a middling rather than catastrophic drop in the ranks of purchasers. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 26 June 2022 The Steelers are averaging a meager 301.8 yards and 16.8 points per game through the first month of the season, pitiful numbers that place them well behind even Denver’s middling (353.8 YPG, 20.8 PPG) offensive attack. Alex Kay, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of middling was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Middling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/middling. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

middling 1 of 2

adjective

mid·​dling ˈmid-liŋ How to pronounce middling (audio)
-lən
: of medium size, degree, or quality
middling adverb

middling

2 of 2

noun

1
: any of various products of medium quality or size
2
plural : a product produced by milling grain
especially : a product of wheat milling that is used in animal feeds

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