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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 ?
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.
Those who made conquests in Greece, having all of them an eye to the respective forms of government in their own cities, established either democracies or oligarchies, not considering what was serviceable to the state, but what was similar to their own; for which reason a government has never been established where the supreme power has been placed amongst those of the middling rank, or very seldom; and, amongst a few, one man only of those who have yet been conquerors has been persuaded to give the preference to this order of [1296b] men: it is indeed an established custom with the inhabitants of most cities not to desire an equality, but either to aspire to govern, or when they are conquered, to submit.
Thompson, and Eric Hobsbawm, among others, Wells asserts, "When middling southerners voiced opposition to planter intransigence in supporting manufacturing enterprises, when they spoke in favor of education reform, when they argued that dueling was a barbaric relic that embarrassed the region, they were expressing a class ideology that was clearly in pursuit of class interests.
Enterprise was the foundation of this experience for the businessmen (if you happened to be a merchant, manufacturer, or master artisan), honor and authority figured centrally if you were a learned professional, and, for the lowlier, but still middling, clerks, hope in the future was a touchstone of middle-class identity.
Uncertainty stalked the middling shopkeeper, manufacturer or trader; Hunt unearthed telling case studies to enliven broader generalizations of middle-class hopes and terrors.
From Loma Weatherhill's detailed quantitative probate work, in particular, we know that it was among the urban middling orders that the new consumer goods were most plentiful.
As Smail shows, the differences between "the middling sort" and the "middle class" were substantial.
Although he would rise to fame and fortune, young Adams' family background was undeniably of "the middling sort.