middling

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Etymology[edit]

The noun is probably from middle (noun) +‎ -ing; the adjective is most likely derived from the noun, and the adverb from the adjective.

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Adjective[edit]

middling (not comparable)

  1. Of intermediate or average size, position, or quality; mediocre.
    The football team is never the worst or best in its league; its position is always middling.
    • 2012 July 12, Sam Adams, “Ice Age: Continental Drift”, in The A.V. Club[1], archived from the original on 25 March 2014:
      The matter of whether the world needs a fourth Ice Age movie pales beside the question of why there were three before it, but [Ice Age:] Continental Drift feels less like an extension of a theatrical franchise than an episode of a middling TV cartoon, lolling around on territory that's already been settled.
  2. (colloquial, regional Britain) In fairly good health.

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Adverb[edit]

middling (comparative more middling, superlative most middling)

  1. (colloquial, regional Britain) Fairly, moderately, somewhat.
  2. (colloquial, regional Britain) Not too badly, with modest success.

Noun[edit]

middling (plural middlings)

  1. Something of intermediate or average size, position, or quality.
    1. (plural) Preceded by the: people of moderate means; members of the middle class.

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