- 1Moderate or average in size, amount, or rank: the village contained no poor households but a lot of middling onesMore example sentences
- And yet, by the end of the century, its economy had declined to occupy a middling rank among Western industrialized nations, with its GDP per head below the average for the European Union.
- Coming from a family of middling rank, he received little formal education, but soon developed a penchant for self-improvement and an ambition to better himself.
- Below that level, it is probable that there was much greater continuity, though we face the predictable problem that the evidence reveals little about the middling ranks of society.
- 1.1Neither very good nor very bad: he had had a fair to middling seasonMore example sentences
- Colors are properly saturated and vibrant, black levels are solid, though the sharpness is good to middling.
- The other candidates were all fair to middling.
- To say it has been a whirlwind for the 26-year-old would be like saying Franz Ferdinand's year was, well, fair to middling.
noun(middlings) Back to top
- Bulk goods of medium grade, especially flour of medium fineness.More example sentences
- The DF fed in this study contained 75% wheat middlings and 25% ground food waste collected from retail groceries.
- During winter, the heifers grazed dormant crested wheatgrass and were supplemented with wheat middlings and alfalfa hay.
- We're evaluating the production performance of fish fed these alternative carbohydrates to see whether they perform as well as fish fed diets that contain wheat or wheat middlings.
adverb[as submodifier] • informal • dated Back to top
- Fairly or moderately: middling richMore example sentences
- A quick weather report for this morning is grey - headlights required - rain varying from slight drizzle to middling continuous.
- In his study of fruit flies he had found that male fruit flies tend to have either lots of hairs on their bottoms or very few; female fruit flies have just middling hairy bottoms.
- I finished my writing course, which was middling interesting, I guess.
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- A middlingly good-looking late-twenties chap like myself can't fail.
- Or if you're middlingly unlucky, you get a roaring infection and die painfully.
- I have a friend called Peter, a television producer of modest height, middlingly bald, a little over 40, who dresses according to no dictates other than those of his own comfort.
late Middle English (originally Scots): probably from mid- + the adverbial suffix -ling.