• (RP) IPA: /ˈmɪdlɪŋ/, /ˈmɪdl̩ɪŋ/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈmɪd(ə)lɪŋ/


  1. Of intermediate or average#Adjective|average size#Noun|size, position#Noun|position, or quality; mediocre.
    The football team is never the worst or best in its league; its position is always middling.
  2. (colloquial, regional Britain) In fairly good#Adjective|good health.
    • 1913, D[avid] H[erbert] Lawrence, “Strife in Love”, in Sons and Lovers, London: Duckworth & Co. […], OCLC 855945 ↗, page 200 ↗:
      “And how’s that chest of yours?” demanded Mrs. Morel. / He smiled again, with his blue eyes rather sunny. / “Oh, it’s very middlin’,” he said.
Synonyms Adverb


  1. (colloquial, regional Britain) Fairly, moderately, somewhat.
    • 1811, Engelbert Kempfer [i.e., Engelbert Kaempfer]; J[ohann] G[aspar] Scheuchzer, transl., “The Division and Sub-division of the Empire of Japan into Its Several Provinces; as also of Its Revenue and Government”, in The History of Japan; republished in John Pinkerton, editor, A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels in All Parts of the World; Many of which are Now First Translated into English. Digested on a New Plan, volume VII, London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, Paternoster-Row; and Cadell and Davies, in the Strand, OCLC 77117810, page 665 ↗:
      Iwami, otherwise Sekisju, is two days journey long, going from ſouth to north, a middling good country, producing plenty of cannib, and affording ſome ſalt.
  2. (colloquial, regional Britain) Not too badly, with modest success.

middling (plural middlings)

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

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