middling

  • 1 middling — middling, middlingly Middling has been used as an adjective in various senses since the 15c, but is now more commonly found as an adverb, a use attested from the 18c. In this role it competes with middlingly, which is recorded from the same date… …

    Modern English usage

  • 2 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. [1913 Webster] Plainly furnished, as beseemed the middling circumstances of …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Middling — Middling. См. Промежуточный продукт. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …

    Словарь металлургических терминов

  • 4 middling — index average (midmost), fair (satisfactory), imperfect, marginal, mediocre, nondescript, ordinary …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 middling — (adj.) 1540s, from Scottish mydlyn (mid 15c.), from MIDDLE (Cf. middle) + suffix ing. Used to designate the second of three grades of goods. As an adverb by 1719 …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 middling — *medium, mediocre, second rate, moderate, average, fair, indifferent …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 middling — [adj] adequate, okay all right, average, common, conventional, decent, fair, fairish, good, indifferent, intermediate, mean, mediocre, medium, moderate, modest, okay, ordinary, passable, run of the mill*, so so*, tolerable, traditional,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 middling — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ moderate or average. ► ADVERB informal ▪ fairly or moderately …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 middling — [mid′liŋ] adj. [ MID1 + LING1] of middle size, quality, grade, etc.; medium; ordinary; mediocre adv. Informal fairly; moderately; somewhat n. ☆ 1. pork or bacon from between the ham and the shoulder 2. [pl.] products of medium quality, grade,… …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 middling — middlingly, adv. /mid ling/, adj. 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… …

    Universalium

  • 11 middling — [[t]mɪ̱dəlɪŋ[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n 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. Syn: average …

    English dictionary

  • 12 middling — /ˈmɪdlɪŋ / (say midling) adjective 1. medium in size, quality, grade, rank, etc.; moderately large, good, etc. 2. Colloquial in fairly good health. 3. Colloquial mediocre; second rate. –adverb 4. Colloquial moderately; fairly. –noun 5. ( …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 13 middling — 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… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 14 middling — mid|dling [ mıdlıŋ ] adjective average in quality or size: fair to middling (=slightly better than average): an actor of fair to middling ability …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 middling — adjective informal not very good or bad, not very big or small etc; average: fair to middling (=about average): How are you? Oh, fair to middling …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 middling — adjective a town of the middling kind, neither rich nor poor Syn: average, standard, normal, middle of the road; moderate, ordinary, commonplace, everyday, workaday, tolerable, passable; run of the mill, fair, mediocre, undistinguished,… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 17 middling — UK [ˈmɪd(ə)lɪŋ] / US adjective average in quality or size fair to middling (= slightly better than average): an actor of fair to middling ability …

    English dictionary

  • 18 middling — 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 …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 middling — adjective a) of intermediate or average size, position or quality; mediocre The football team is never the worst or best in its league; its position is always middling. b) in fairly good health Syn: medium, average …

    Wiktionary

  • 20 middling — Synonyms and related words: amidships, average, banal, betwixt and between, central, common, core, dull, equatorial, equidistant, fair, fair to middling, fairish, halfway, indifferent, inferior, insipid, interior, intermediary, intermediate,… …

    Moby Thesaurus


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