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[mid-n] /ˈmɪd n/
a dunghill or refuse heap.
Origin of midden
1300-50; Middle English midding < Old Danish mykdyngja, equivalent to myk manure + dyngja pile (Danish mødding) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • What a pity,” said Mr. Clayton, “that you did not follow the voices, or go straight home to midden Harbour!

    Nestleton Magna J. Jackson Wray
  • The day you do weel there will be seven munes in the lift and ane on the midden.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • The collection also included some potsherds and shells from a midden on the shores of the bay.

  • One corner of this midden is bricked off to form a drainage pit.

    The Red Watch J. A. Currie
  • Turning on his heel, and leaving Lucy as white as a sheet, he set off at a rapid pace towards midden Harbour.

    Nestleton Magna J. Jackson Wray
  • The reformation of midden Harbour was a congenial task to Philip and his wife.

    Nestleton Magna J. Jackson Wray
  • On this he played in the cowhouse on winter evenings, and from the top of the midden outside in summer.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • If you boys have no objection, I think I'll spend the afternoon at my midden.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
  • There would be a few empty huts of leaves, with old ashes at the entrances, and a midden with its usual gorgeous butterflies.

    The Sea and the Jungle H. M. Tomlinson
  • She was killed, but the stomach, in which Thumbling was, was thrown on the midden.

    Grimm's Fairy Stories Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm
British Dictionary definitions for midden


  1. (archaic or dialect) a dunghill or pile of refuse
  2. (dialect) a dustbin
  3. (Northern English, dialect) an earth closet
Word Origin
C14: from Scandinavian; compare Danish mödding from mögmuck + dynge pile
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for midden

mid-14c., "dung hill," of Scandinavian origin; cf. Danish mødding, from møg "muck" (see muck (n.)) + dynge "heap of dung" (see dung). Modern archaeological sense of "kitchen midden" is from Danish excavations.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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