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
- [pl.] products of medium quality, grade, size, or price
- [pl.] 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 mid 1. -ling having a quality ; see -ling 1.