midden

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English midding, myddyng, from Old Danish mykdyngja, (a compound of Old Norse myk, myki (muck, manure) and dyngja (dung, dungpile)), whence also Danish møgdynge and mødding, Norwegian mødding, dialectal Swedish mödding.

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Noun[edit]

midden (plural middens)

  1. A dungheap.
  2. A refuse heap usually near a dwelling.
    • 1952, Norman Lewis, Golden Earth:
      Untouched by the decaying middens in which they live, they emerge into the sunshine immaculate and serene. The Burmese must be the best-dressed people in the world.
    • 1979, V. S. Naipaul, A Bend in the River:
      Strange rubbish, not the tins and paper and boxes and other containers you would expect in a town, but a finer kind of waste [] that made the middens look like grey-black mounds of sifted earth.
  3. (archaeology) A prehistoric pile of bones and shells.
  4. (zoology) A shelter made of vegetation and other materials by packrats.
  5. (zoology) An accumulation of dried urine and fecal deposits made by hyraxes.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch midden, from Old Dutch *middi, from Proto-West Germanic *midi, from Proto-Germanic *midjaz, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *medʰyo-.

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midden

  1. in the middle

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Adjective[edit]

midden

  1. inflection of midd:
    1. strong/weak nominative/accusative masculine singular
    2. weak dative masculine/neuter singular
    3. strong/weak dative plural

West Frisian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Frisian midde, from Proto-West Germanic *midi.

Noun[edit]

midden c or n (no plural)

  1. middle (part between beginning and end)

Further reading[edit]

  • midden (I)”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011