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Middling definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

MID'DLING, a. Of middle rank, state, size or quality; about equally distant from the extremes; moderate. Thus we speak of people of the middling class or sort, neither high nor low; of a man of middling capacity or understanding; a man of middling size; fruit of a middling quality.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: lacking exceptional quality or ability; "a novel of average merit"; "only a fair performance of the sonata"; "in fair health"; "the caliber of the students has gone from mediocre to above average"; "the performance was middling at best" [syn: average, fair, mediocre, middling] n
1: any commodity of intermediate quality or size (especially when coarse particles of ground wheat are mixed with bran) adv
1: to a moderately sufficient extent or degree; "pretty big"; "pretty bad"; "jolly decent of him"; "the shoes are priced reasonably"; "he is fairly clever with computers" [syn: reasonably, moderately, pretty, jolly, somewhat, fairly, middling, passably] [ant: immoderately, unreasonably]

Merriam Webster's

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 adverb middlingly 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

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj., n., & adv. --adj. 1 a moderately good (esp. fair to middling). b colloq. (of a person's health) fairly well. c second-rate. 2 (of goods) of the second of three grades. --n. (in pl.) middling goods, esp. flour of medium fineness. --adv. fairly or moderately (middling good). Derivatives: middlingly adv. Etymology: ME, of Sc. orig.: prob. f. MID(1) + -LING(2)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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. Plainly furnished, as beseemed the middling circumstances of its inhabitants. --Hawthorne. -- Mid"dling*ly, adv. -- Mid"dling*ness, n.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

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. = average ADJ: usu ADJ n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. Ordinary, average, moderate, passable, tolerable, mediocre, medium.

Moby Thesaurus

amidships, average, banal, betwixt and between, central, common, core, dull, equatorial, equidistant, fair, fair to middling, fairish, halfway, indifferent, inferior, insipid, interior, intermediary, intermediate, lackluster, mean, medial, median, mediocre, mediterranean, medium, mesial, mezzo, mid, middle, middle-of-the-road, middlemost, midland, midmost, midships, midway, moderate, modest, namby-pamby, normal, nuclear, of a kind, of a sort, of sorts, ordinary, passable, poor, respectable, routine, second-rate, so-so, standard, tedious, tolerable, usual, vapid, wishy-washy


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