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middling

[mid-ling] /ˈmɪd lɪŋ/
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
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English (north). See mid1, -ling2
Related forms
middlingly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for middlings

middlings

/ˈmɪdlɪŋz/
plural noun
1.
the poorer or coarser part of flour or other products
2.
commodities of intermediate grade, quality, size, or price
3.
(mainly US) the part of a pig between the ham and shoulder

middling

/ˈmɪdlɪŋ/
adjective
1.
mediocre in quality, size, etc; neither good nor bad, esp in health (often in the phrase fair to middling)
adverb
2.
(informal) moderately: middling well
Derived Forms
middlingly, adverb
Word Origin
C15 (northern English and Scottish): from mid1 + -ling²
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Word Origin and History for middlings

middling

adj.

1540s, from Scottish mydlyn (mid-15c.), from middle + suffix -ing. Used to designate the second of three grades of goods. As an adverb by 1719.

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