middling
I. adjective Date: 15th century 1. of middle, medium, or moderate size, degree, or quality 2. mediocre, second-rate 3. of, relating to, or being a middle class • middling adverbmiddlingly adverb II. noun Date: 1543 1. any of various commodities of intermediate size, quality, or position 2. plural 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 — middling, middlingly Middling has been used as an adjective in various senses since the 15c, but is now more commonly found as an adverb, a use attested from the 18c. In this role it competes with middlingly, which is recorded from the same date… …   Modern English usage

  • Middling — Mid dling, a. Of middle rank, state, size, or quality; about equally distant from the extremes; medium; moderate; mediocre; ordinary. A town of but middling size. Hallam. [1913 Webster] Plainly furnished, as beseemed the middling circumstances of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Middling — Middling. См. Промежуточный продукт. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • middling — index average (midmost), fair (satisfactory), imperfect, marginal, mediocre, nondescript, ordinary …   Law dictionary

  • middling — (adj.) 1540s, from Scottish mydlyn (mid 15c.), from MIDDLE (Cf. middle) + suffix ing. Used to designate the second of three grades of goods. As an adverb by 1719 …   Etymology dictionary

  • middling — *medium, mediocre, second rate, moderate, average, fair, indifferent …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • middling — [adj] adequate, okay all right, average, common, conventional, decent, fair, fairish, good, indifferent, intermediate, mean, mediocre, medium, moderate, modest, okay, ordinary, passable, run of the mill*, so so*, tolerable, traditional,… …   New thesaurus

  • middling — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ moderate or average. ► ADVERB informal ▪ fairly or moderately …   English terms dictionary

  • middling — [mid′liŋ] adj. [ MID1 + LING1] of middle size, quality, grade, etc.; medium; ordinary; mediocre adv. Informal fairly; moderately; somewhat n. ☆ 1. pork or bacon from between the ham and the shoulder 2. [pl.] products of medium quality, grade,… …   English World dictionary

  • middling — middlingly, adv. /mid ling/, adj. 1. medium, moderate, oraverage in size, quantity, or quality: The returns on such a large investment may be only middling. 2. mediocre; ordinary; commonplace; pedestrian: The restaurant s entrées are no better… …   Universalium

  • middling — [[t]mɪ̱dəlɪŋ[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n If you describe a quality such as the size of something as middling, you mean that it is average. The Beatles enjoyed only middling success until 1963. ...a man of middling height. Syn: average …   English dictionary

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