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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Other Words from middling


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

Synonyms for middling

Synonyms: Adjective

average, intermediate, mean, median, medium, middle, midsize (also midsized), moderate, modest

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Examples of middling in a Sentence


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

With a dynamic blend of superb vision, soft hands, and pinpoint shooting, Panarin drives, generates and crafts offense, giving a potential boost to the Rangers middling power play and bottom-10 scoring productions. Dan Falkenheim, SI.com, "Rangers’ Accelerated Rebuild, Aho’s Offer Sheet Highlight First Day of Free Agency," 1 July 2019 Of course, the sweep of the ‘Stros followed losing two of three here to the middling Texas Rangers. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty: The Reds swept the Astros… are we beginning to believe in David Bell?," 19 June 2019 Director Tom Morris tries hard, with middling success, to make the most of his constraints, including a small cast and just a few locations. Caryn James, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Blowing Up Right Now': Film Review," 16 June 2019 Perhaps the greatest number came from London’s middling class. Phyllis Rackin, The Atlantic, "The Hidden Women Writers of the Elizabethan Theater," 8 June 2019 Leicester, a middling club, won the league entirely unexpectedly in 2016, with a squad that was never realistically going to be capable of success in European competition the following season. 1843, "A league of their own: how English clubs conquered Europe," 7 June 2019 Of course, no matter how capable your device is, having a middling browser meant you’d be forced to look elsewhere for a tablet with a desktop-class web experience. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "Apple's Big iPad Update Reveals Something Huge About How it Sees the Future," 4 June 2019 Parrish and Vitriano have stored up so many memories from the decades at Oracle, that the Warriors’ recent success has started to supplant, in their minds, the middling years that preceded it. Ray Chavez, The Mercury News, "Goodbye Oracle: Longtime Arena workers reflect on Oakland’s final Warriors farewell," 4 June 2019 Keeping out ut of the box will be a point of emphasis for Nashville, as will be getting the most out of a surprisingly middling power play. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Why Each NHL Team Won't Win the Stanley Cup," 10 Apr. 2018

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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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Dictionary Entries near middling

Middle Welsh

Middle White






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

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English Language Learners Definition of middling

: of average size or quality

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