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mid·dling

 (mĭd′lĭng, -lĭn)
adj.
1. Of medium size, position, or quality.
2. Mediocre. See Synonyms at average.
n.
1. Chiefly Southern US
a. often middlings Pork or bacon cut from between the ham and shoulder of a pig.
b. Salt pork. Also called middling meat.
2. middlings Any of various products, such as partially refined petroleum or ore, that are intermediate in quality, size, price, or grade.
3. middlings(used with a sing. or pl. verb) Coarsely ground wheat mixed with bran.
adv. Informal
Fairly; moderately: "a middling nice cake" (Hatfield MA Valley Advocate).

[Probably Middle English midlin : mid, mid; see mid1 + -ling, having a quality; see -ling1.]

mid′dling·ly adv.

middling

(ˈmɪdlɪŋ)
adj
mediocre in quality, size, etc; neither good nor bad, esp in health (often in the phrase fair to middling)
adv
informal moderately: middling well.
[C15 (northern English and Scottish): from mid1 + -ling2]
ˈmiddlingly adv

mid•dling

(ˈmɪd lɪŋ)

adj.
1. medium, moderate, or average in size, quantity, or quality.
2. mediocre; ordinary; commonplace; pedestrian.
3. Older Use. in fairly good health.
adv.
4. moderately; fairly.
n.
5. middlings,
a. any of various products or commodities of intermediate quality, grade, size, etc.
b. coarser particles of ground wheat mingled with bran.
[1425–75; late Middle English (Scots)]
mid′dling•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.middling - any commodity of intermediate quality or size (especially when coarse particles of ground wheat are mixed with bran)
commodity, trade good, good - articles of commerce
Adj.1.middling - lacking exceptional quality or ability; "a novel of average merit"; "only a fair performance of the sonata"; "in fair health"; "the caliber of the students has gone from mediocre to above average"; "the performance was middling at best"
ordinary - not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree; "ordinary everyday objects"; "ordinary decency"; "an ordinary day"; "an ordinary wine"
Adv.1.middling - to a moderately sufficient extent or degree; "pretty big"; "pretty bad"; "jolly decent of him"; "the shoes are priced reasonably"; "he is fairly clever with computers"

middling

adjective
1. mediocre, all right, indifferent, so-so (informal), unremarkable, tolerable, run-of-the-mill, passable, serviceable, unexceptional, half-pie (N.Z. informal), O.K. or okay (informal) They enjoyed only middling success until 1963.
2. moderate, medium, average, fair, ordinary, modest, adequate, bog-standard (Brit. & Irish slang) a man of middling height
Translations
مُتَوَسِّط
střední
gennemsnitmiddel-
meîal-, miîlungs

middling

[ˈmɪdlɪŋ]
A. ADJmediano (pej) → regular
"how are you?" - "middling"-¿qué tal estás? -regular
see also fair 1 A2
B. ADV middling goodmedianamente bueno, regular

middling

[ˈmɪdlɪŋ] adjmoyen(ne)

middling

adjmittelmäßig; (of size)mittlere(r, s); how are you? — middlingwie geht es dir? — mittelprächtig (inf)or einigermaßen; what was the weather like? — middlingwie war das Wetter? — durchwachsen or so lala (inf)
adv (inf: = fairly) middling richziemlich reich

middling

[ˈmɪdlɪŋ] adjcosì così, medio/a

middle

(ˈmidl) noun
1. the central point or part. the middle of a circle.
2. the central area of the body; the waist. You're getting rather fat round your middle.
adjective
equally distant from both ends. the middle seat in a row.
ˈmiddling adjective
average. He's neither tall nor short, but of middling height.
middle age
the years between youth and old age. She is well into middle age.
ˌmiddle-ˈaged adjective
Middle Ages (with the)
the time between the end of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance.
Middle East (with the)
Egypt and the countries of Asia west of Pakistan.
ˈmiddleman (-mӕn) noun
a dealer who buys goods from the person who makes or grows them, and sells them to shopkeepers or to the public; a wholesaler. You can save money by buying direct from the factory and cutting out the middleman.
be in the middle of (doing) something
to be busily occupied doing something. Please excuse my appearance. I was in the middle of washing my hair.
References in classic literature ?
These embrace the whales of middling magnitude, among which at present may be numbered: --I.
She worked me middling hard for about an hour, and then the widow made her ease up.
But if we even could suppose a distinction of interest between the opulent landholder and the middling farmer, what reason is there to conclude, that the first would stand a better chance of being deputed to the national legislature than the last?
The priest had a writing teacher at Rome make three alphabets -- one large, one middling, and one small; and pointed out to him that by the help of a sharp instrument he could trace the letters on a slate, and thus learn to write.
You did look middling bad a little while ago," the chief mate remarked without showing any great concern.
It isn't supreme--that's what's the matter with it, and I hate anything middling," said Pandora Day.
He was a stout young man of middling height, who, with a plain face and ungraceful form, seemed fearful of being too handsome unless he wore the dress of a groom, and too much like a gentleman unless he were easy where he ought to be civil, and impudent where he might be allowed to be easy.
The middle state is therefore best, as being least liable to those seditions and insurrections which disturb the community; and for the same reason extensive governments are least liable to these inconveniences; for there those in a middle state are very numerous, whereas in small ones it is easy to pass to the two extremes, so as hardly to have any in a medium remaining, but the one half rich, the other poor: and from the same principle it is that democracies are more firmly established and of longer continuance than oligarchies; but even in those when there is a want of a proper number of men of middling fortune, the poor extend their power too far, abuses arise, and the government is soon at an end.
Nineteen fair to middling Wallachian girls offered at L130 @
The tears came to her eyes; she felt a genuine regret for them, a kind of respect for their youth and beauty, and a kind of shame for herself; but the tears did not fall; and she opened one of those innumerable novels which she used to pronounce good or bad, or pretty middling, or really wonderful.
I asked gaily, and she would be certain to reply, 'I'm thinking we'd better take it to the bank and get the money,' for she always felt surer of money than of cheques; so to the bank we went ('Two tens, and the rest in gold'), and thence straightway (by cab) to the place where you buy sealskin coats for middling old ladies.