What is middling?

  • (adj): Of no exceptional quality or ability.
    Example: "The performance was middling at best"
    Synonyms: average, fair, mediocre
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on middling:

Krapp's Last Tape - Characters
... the young Krapp lived was first named 'Alba' (a character in Dream of Fair to Middling Women modelled on Ethna MacCarthy whom he had loved when he was a young man), then 'Celia' (the name of the green-eyed ... to Peggy Sinclair also appears in Dream of Fair to Middling Women in Smeraldina, the "little emerald" ... For, as Dream of Fair to Middling Women had made clear … the 'Alba', who, on Beckett’s own admission, was closely modelled on Ethna, had eyes ...
List Of Early Warships Of The English Navy - List of English Warships (1603-1642) - New and Rebuilt Ships, James I (1603-1625)
... great ships were categorised as ships royal, while the remainder were grouped as middling ships or small ships ... the second rank (later second rate) ships middling ships would become the third rank (later third rate) ships and small ships would become the fourth rank (later fourth rate) ships ... Middling ships (later, third rank ships) Originally with only 28 or 30 guns, this was raised to 30-34 by 1633 and 40 guns by 1652 ...
1870 In Baseball - Amateur Clubs
... once and two of them demonstrated that they were as strong as middling pros. 37 of 41 against the six amateur teams covered here the middling pros won 13 of 18 the weaker pros won 6 of 15 ... teams, but amateurs would not again hold their own with middling pros ...
Dream Of Fair To Middling Women
... Dream of Fair to Middling Women is Samuel Beckett’s first novel ... The prose of Samuel Beckett Novels Dream of Fair to Middling Women Murphy Watt Mercier and Camier Molloy Malone Dies The Unnamable How It Is Short stories “Assump ...

More definitions of "middling":

  • (noun): Any commodity of intermediate quality or size (especially when coarse particles of ground wheat are mixed with bran).

Famous quotes containing the word middling:

    I heard what was said of the universe,
    Heard it and heard it of several thousand years;
    It is middling well as far as it goes—but is that all?
    Walt Whitman (1819–1882)

    Art for art’s sake? I should think so, and more so than ever at the present time. It is the one orderly product which our middling race has produced. It is the cry of a thousand sentinels, the echo from a thousand labyrinths, it is the lighthouse which cannot be hidden ... it is the best evidence we can have of our dignity.
    —E.M. (Edward Morgan)

    Many exceedingly rich men are unhappy, but many middling circumstances are fortunate.
    Herodotus (c. 484–424 B.C.)