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



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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middling (comparative more middling, superlative most middling)

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


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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