Definition of middling adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmɪdlɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪdlɪŋ//
[usually before noun]
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  • of average size, quality, status, etc. synonym moderate, unremarkable a golfer of middling talent ‘Do you like your coffee weak or strong?’ ‘Oh, middling, please.’
  • Word Originlate Middle English (originally Scots): probably from mid- + the adverbial suffix -ling.Extra examples The interviewer was a former golfer of middling talent. The tax affects 40 million people on middling incomes. There was a transfer of wealth from the very rich to the middling rich.Idioms (old-fashioned) not particularly good or bad ‘How are you feeling today?’ ‘Oh, fair to middling.’
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