Adjective "Middling" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Moderate or average in size, amount, or rank.
  1. 'The public, better employed, with higher incomes, sometimes joined in bemoaning higher taxes which were, in fact, minimally extra on most middling earners.'
  2. 'One is that in the 1980s you find that per capita income growth in the United States was middling.'
  3. 'Below that level, it is probable that there was much greater continuity, though we face the predictable problem that the evidence reveals little about the middling ranks of society.'
  4. 'They either need to work or want to work, or both, but for those on middling incomes it is not possible to have lots of babies as well.'
  5. 'They've always had something more important to attend to - the creation of huge, middling and small fortunes for those who hold power.'
  6. 'While most people have a middling amount of good and bad luck, some people are lucky or unlucky for extended periods.'
  7. 'His satirical little scheme to create a band so manufactured that they didn't actually exist at all (except in cartoon form) could easily have achieved middling success, or flopped entirely.'
  8. 'Rising rents have fed growth, too, but in SPG's regional malls they gained a middling 7% a year on average since 1996.'
  9. 'It is a culture associated with the middling ranks of Scottish society, with the Scottish universities, and with the clubs, societies, and salons of Edinburgh.'
  10. 'He followed a line of England managers who had had middling amounts of success but who had never realised the strong ambitions of a nation which yearns for success.'
  11. 'he had had a good to middling season'
  12. 'But on balance, his season so far is fair to middling.'
  13. 'The source material looks to have been in but middling shape, since the disc shows a fair bit of speckling with scratches and debris noticeable, particularly at the start and at reel changes.'
  14. 'After the middling and mundane meal, a sub-group is scooting off to see a play around the corner, while several latecomers stay to eat and chat.'
  15. 'The other candidates were all fair to middling.'
  16. 'Forget the middling reviews you may have read previous to this one.'
  17. 'Ireland are no more than a fair to middling international rugby side - and that's when their two world-class players are fit.'
  18. 'Colors are properly saturated and vibrant, black levels are solid, though the sharpness is good to middling.'
  19. '‘How are you?’ - ‘Middling,’ he admitted'


Bulk goods of medium grade, especially flour of medium fineness.
  1. 'During winter, the heifers grazed dormant crested wheatgrass and were supplemented with wheat middlings and alfalfa hay.'
  2. 'The price of wheat middlings might have a greater impact on the comparative economic value of DF than the cost per unit of the feedstuffs that the DF replaces in the diet of the cow.'
  3. 'Wheat middlings were a primary ingredient in the protein supplements used in both trials.'
  4. 'Fibrous feeds such as beet pulp, chopped alfalfa hay, rice hulls and wheat middlings elevate fiber content of a complete feed.'
  5. 'The food waste was obtained primarily from grocery stores and contained 75% moisture prior to mixing with wheat middlings.'
  6. 'Wheat middlings were added to the CS diets to ensure that there would be similar fiber levels in the two treatments.'
  7. 'The price of wheat middlings may preclude their use in a dehydrated mixture containing human food waste, and acceptance of the feed product by producers may limit the retail value of DF as a feedstuff.'


Fairly or moderately.
  1. 'A quick weather report for this morning is grey - headlights required - rain varying from slight drizzle to middling continuous.'
  2. 'Elsewhere, two middling indie efforts make up the numbers.'


1. medium, moderate, oraverage in size, quantity, or quality: The returns on such a large investment may be only middling.

2. mediocre; ordinary; commonplace; pedestrian: The restaurant's entrées are no better than middling.

3. Older Use. in fairly good health. adverb

4. moderately; fairly. noun

5. middlings, any of various products or commodities of intermediate quality, grade, size, etc., as the coarser particles of ground wheat mingled with bran.

6. Often, middli

More examples(as adjective)

"performances can be middling in weeks."

"volumes can be middling."

"turnovers can be middling."

"sorts can be middling."

"trades can be middling."

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Late Middle English (originally Scots): probably from mid- + the adverbial suffix -ling.