of middle size, quality, grade, etc.; medium; ordinary; mediocre
Origin of middlingmid + -ling
Informal fairly; moderately; somewhat
- ⌂ pork or bacon from between the ham and the shoulder
- products of medium quality, grade, size, or price
- particles of coarsely ground grain, often mixed with bran and used as feed
- Of medium size, position, or quality.
- Mediocre. See Synonyms at average.
- Chiefly Southern US a. often middlings Pork or bacon cut from between the ham and shoulder of a pig.b. Salt pork. Also called middling meat.
- middlings Any of various products, such as partially refined petroleum or ore, that are intermediate in quality, size, price, or grade.
- middlings (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Coarsely ground wheat mixed with bran.
Fairly; moderately: “a middling nice cake” (Hatfield MA Valley Advocate).
Origin of middlingProbably Middle English midlin : mid, mid; see mid1 + -ling, having a quality; see –ling1.