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middy1

[mid-ee] /ˈmɪd i/
noun, plural middies.
1.
Informal. a midshipman.
Origin of middy1
1825-1835
1825-35; mid(shipman) + -y2

middy2

[mid-ee] /ˈmɪd i/
noun, plural middies. Australian Slang.
1.
a medium-size drinking glass commonly holding half a pint and used for beer.
Origin
1940-45; mid1 + -y2
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  • Franks answer was to strip off his middy blouse, an action followed by Hank.

    Two Boys of the Battleship Frank V. Webster
  • She was wearing a middy blouse, and that made her look five years younger.

    The Wall Street Girl Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • Aleck went off, being saluted by a nod from the middy, who lay back in the stern-sheets of the cutter.

    The Lost Middy George Manville Fenn
  • “No; we have got something else to think of, Tom,” said the middy sternly.

    Hunting the Skipper George Manville Fenn
  • He dodged round to take the middy in the rear; but a British gunner promptly ran him through with his cutlass.

    The Post of Honour Richard Wilson
  • Now then, you two,” cried the middy angrily, “you have been asleep!

    Hunting the Skipper George Manville Fenn
  • “And I, my friend,” cried Don Ramon excitedly catching the middy by the hand.

    Fitz the Filibuster George Manville Fenn
  • Poor young Peter Heywood the middy looked on bewildered as if in a dream.

    The Lonely Island R.M. Ballantyne
  • After breakfast she pinned the little nosegay 156 to her middy and went down to the pergola.

    Penny of Top Hill Trail Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • Yes, I suppose so,” said the middy coolly; “and of course you are coming too?

    Fitz the Filibuster George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for middy

middy

/ˈmɪdɪ/
noun (pl) -dies
1.
(informal) See midshipman (sense 1)
2.
3.
(Austral) a middle-sized glass of beer
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Word Origin and History for middy
n.

colloquial abbreviation of midshipman, by 1818. As "loose, long type of women's blouse," 1911, from resemblance to shirts worn by midshipmen.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for middy

middy

noun

A midshipman (1818+ Nautical)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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