The middle point on a line.
The middle decades of the century.
An example of middle used as an adjective is in the phrase "middle child," which means a child who is neither the oldest or youngest in a group of siblings.
An example of a middle is a person's stomach, called "his middle."
I woke up in the middle of the night.
In the middle of the marathon, David collapsed from fatigue.
The Middle Paleozoic.
The middle point.
Middle name, Middle English, Middle Ages.
The middle of a circle.
The middle of the story.
Middle the sail.
- In a difficult situation:Caught in the middle of a controversy.
- Engaged in doing something:I'm in the middle of making dinner.
Other Word Forms
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of middle
- Middle English middel from Old English medhyo- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English middel, from Old English middel, middle (“middle, centre, waist"), from Proto-Germanic *midilÄ…, *medalÄ… (“middle"), a diminutive of Proto-Germanic *midjō (“middle, midst") (cf. *midjaz (“mid, middle", adjective)), from Proto-Indo-European *medhy- (“middle, midst"), cf. *médÊ°yos (“between, in the middle, middle"). Cognate with West Frisian middel, Dutch middel, German mittel (“middle", adjective), German Mittel (“middle, means", noun), Danish middel (“means, agent, medicine"). Related also to Swedish medel (“means, medium"), Icelandic meðal (“means, medicine"). See also mid.