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 After two years of flashy but middling play at right tackle, La’el Collins finally played like the elite talent he was deemed to be coming out of LSU. John Owning, Dallas News, "The 3 best values on the Dallas Cowboys’ roster now that QB Dak Prescott is set to make big money," 10 July 2020 Two years ago, left-hander Patrick Corbin entered his final season with the Diamondbacks with somewhat middling career numbers. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Diamondbacks' Robbie Ray: I 'need to pitch this year' with free agency looming," 6 July 2020 After Saturday’s middling turnout, there have been various reports about what caused it. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "‘The scandal of our times’ |Trump predicts 2020 election will be ‘rigged’ by foreign countries," 22 June 2020 How Jackson compares with Montgomery, who wore No. 23 last season to middling results, will say much about Kentucky’s success in 2020-21. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "How do 2020-21 Kentucky basketball players compare to former Cats who wore their numbers?," 16 June 2020 But if serendipity can make a middling book timely, chance can’t raise an okay one to greatness. Alyssa Rosenberg, Washington Post, "In 1918, America cheered a ballplayer, shamed a musician and invented a war hero," 5 June 2020 If not, the Bears will be a middling team again with a dangerous defense and barely competent offense. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions are most improved team in NFC North: A look at their rivals' offseasons," 1 June 2020 Devonte’ Graham rose this season, and his career year has helped the Hornets be a middling lottery team. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "NBA Draft 2020: Charlotte Hornets team needs and how it might affect the Cavaliers," 29 May 2020 Why Stadiums Are Incubators for Coronavirus Spread Groundbreaking moments of sports innovation tend not to come from middling soccer teams in Tunisia. Andrew Beaton And Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The 90,000 Fans Who Screamed in an Empty Stadium," 26 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "2020 Detroit Lions schedule predictions: Here's what experts are forecasting," 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 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of middling

: of average size or quality

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