middlingly

middling

[mid-ling]
adjective
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 than middling.
3.
Older Use. in fairly good health.
adverb
4.
moderately; fairly.
noun
5.
middlings, any of various products or commodities of intermediate quality, grade, size, etc., as the coarser particles of ground wheat mingled with bran.
6.
Often, middlings. Also called middling meat. Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. salt pork or smoked side meat.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English (north). See mid1, -ling2

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

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middling
1456, from Scottish mydlyn, from M.E. middle + suffix -ing. Used to designate the second of three grades of goods.
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