from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of medium size, position, or quality.
- adj. Mediocre. See Synonyms at average.
- n. Chiefly Southern U.S. Pork or bacon cut from between the ham and shoulder of a pig. Often used in the plural.
- n. Chiefly Southern U.S. Salt pork. Also called middling meat.
- n. Any of various products, such as partially refined petroleum or ore, that are intermediate in quality, size, price, or grade.
- n. Coarsely ground wheat mixed with bran.
- adv. Informal Fairly; moderately: "a middling nice cake” ( Hatfield MA Valley Advocate).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of intermediate or average size, position, or quality; mediocre
- adj. In fairly good health.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of middle rank, state, size, or quality; about equally distant from the extremes; medium; moderate; mediocre; ordinary.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Medium in rank, condition, or degree; intermediate; hence, only medium; neither good nor bad; neither one thing nor the other: as, a fruit of middling quality.
- Not in good health, yet not very ill; also, in Scotland, in fairly good health.
- Of medium quality: a specific commercial grade of flour, pork, etc. See fair to middling, under fair.
- n. The part of a gun-stock between the grasp and the tail-pipe or ramrod-thimble.
- n. That part of a hog which lies between the ham and the shoulder; a side of bacon.
- n. plural In milling, the parts of a kernel of grain next the skin of the berry, largely composed of gluten and considered the most nutritious part.
- n. plural The coarser particles resulting from milling, intermingled with a certain quantity of bran and foreign matters,used as feed for farm stock; canaille.
- Tolerably; moderately.
- n. plural The finest kind of wheat bran.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any commodity of intermediate quality or size (especially when coarse particles of ground wheat are mixed with bran)
- adj. lacking exceptional quality or ability
- adv. to a moderately sufficient extent or degree
Probably Middle English midlin : mid, mid; see mid1 + -ling, having a quality; see -ling1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)