noun (plural middies)
1 informal A midshipman.
- They left the two middies talking to one another, then entered the gundeck with the sound of snores reaching their ears.
- ‘I'd recommend your friend Sharin as she'll be working with the command staff and our new gunnery officer Amara,’ Laurel said evenly, ‘and an ensign or middy of your choice.’
2 (also middy blouse) chiefly historical A woman’s or child’s loose blouse with a sailor collar.
- An image of my middy blouse hanging alone on the clotheslines outside our kitchen window, buffeted by the wind, came to mind.
- Ness looked up at the small robot as she straightened the red tie in front of her middy blouse.
- The girls wore gray sweaters or maroon blazers over their white middy blouses.
noun (plural middies)Australian informal
A beer glass containing half a pint (285 ml).
- What we're talking about is a middy of beer, or a small glass of wine, or a single measure of spirits.
- It's also illegal to charge more for bottled water than a middy of beer or a glass of wine.
- I'd come in with a middy of light and he touched his glass to mine.
so named because it is considered to be a medium-sized measure.