noun Etymology: Middle English midding, Old Norse *mykdyngja, from myki dung + dyngja manure pile — more at dung Date: 14th century 1. dunghill 2. a. a refuse heap; especially kitchen midden b. a small pile (as of seeds, bones, or leaves) gathered by a rodent (as a pack rat)

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  • midden — (n.) mid 14c., dung hill, of Scandinavian origin; Cf. Dan. mèdding, from mèg muck (see MUCK (Cf. muck) (n.)) + dynge heap of dung (see DUNG (Cf. dung)). Modern archaeological sense of kitchen midden is from Danish excavations …   Etymology dictionary

  • midden — [mid′ n] n. [ME midding < Scand, as in Dan mögdynge < mög, muck + dynge, a heap] 1. Brit. a dunghill or refuse heap 2. short for KITCHEN MIDDEN …   English World dictionary

  • Midden — Mid den, n. [Also {midding}.] [Cf. Dan. m[ o]gdynge, E. muck, and dung.] [1913 Webster] 1. A dunghill. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] 2. An accumulation of refuse about a dwelling place; especially, an accumulation of shells or of cinders, bones,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • midden — ► NOUN ▪ a dunghill or refuse heap. ORIGIN Scandinavian …   English terms dictionary

  • Midden — Kitchen midden at Elizabeth Island, Strait of Magellan as excavated by the Albatross party with the Albatross at anchor …   Wikipedia

  • Midden — Recorded in a wide range of spellings which include Midas, Middas, Middes, Middiff, Middis, Middin, Midden, Middens, Middings, Midon, Middon, and no doubt others, this is an English surname. It is probably topographical and if so described a… …   Surnames reference

  • midden — UK [ˈmɪd(ə)n] / US noun [countable] Word forms midden : singular midden plural middens an old word meaning a pile of rubbish or a pile of animal faeces …   English dictionary

  • midden — /mid n/, n. 1. a dunghill or refuse heap. 2. See kitchen midden. [1300 50; ME midding < ODan mykdyngja, equiv. to myk manure + dyngja pile (Dan mødding)] * * * …   Universalium

  • midden — [ mɪd(ə)n] noun a dunghill or refuse heap. ↘short for kitchen midden. Origin ME myddyng, of Scand. origin …   English new terms dictionary

  • midden — mid•den [[t]ˈmɪd n[/t]] n. 1) a dunghill or refuse heap 2) ara kitchen midden • Etymology: 1300–50; ME midding < ON, =myk manure +dyngja pile …   From formal English to slang

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