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 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 Don’t let the middling sack numbers fool you, Lawrence is still an excellent pass rusher who has been forced to deal with steady streams of double teams and average pass coverage behind him. John Owning, Dallas News, 14 June 2021 The Board Game attempted to reimagine a showdown with Dr. Wiley with a fistful of dice to middling results. Luke Winkie, Wired, 9 June 2021 But a handful of places, including Alabama, use red/yellow/green plus a middling orange level: red/orange/yellow/green. New York Times, 2 Apr. 2021 What’s to like: The Bears have been the poor man’s pick to break out the past few years, but injuries and other instances – back-to-back wins by OSU over Cal didn’t help – have led to middling records. oregonlive, 15 July 2021 Minnesota is surprisingly middling, and the Twins could part with right-handers Alex Colome or Hansel Robles. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 July 2021 Both Arsenal and Everton finished in the middling third of the Premier League last season and are eager to improve for the upcoming season. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, 9 July 2021 After a middling stock-price performance following the social-media backlash, Nike’s shares jumped 13% in after-hours trading Thursday on the strong North America sales performance, taking it to a record high. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, 25 June 2021 While Pierce willed his way to an impressive individual season, playing all 82 games on a middling Celtics squad, the attack left him paranoid, anxious, depressed, and maybe most of all, sleepless. BostonGlobe.com, 15 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 There were excuses for last season, but this time around, there will be no acceptance of middling, muddling mediocrity. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, 19 Dec. 2020 Josh Richardson, in exchange for Seth Curry, appears primed to be a starter who upgrades the Mavericks’ middling defense. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, 2 Dec. 2020 There are a lot of NHL teams making a lot of changes because of injuries to their starting goalies this season — and not just the ceremonies to honor middling milestones. Jimmy Golen, The Denver Post, 22 Jan. 2020 Last season’s middling, inconsistent Broncos run defense wound up finishing 16th in the NFL at 111.4 rushing yards per game allowed. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, 5 Apr. 2020 Alas, prognosticators around the internet expect the Lions to have another middling, albeit better season after finishing 3-12-1 in 2019. Chris Thomas, Detroit Free Press, 8 May 2020

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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 1 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of middling

: of average size or quality

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