fair to middling

fair to mid·dling
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fair too mid-ling]
    • /fɛər tu ˈmɪd lɪŋ/
    • /feə(r) tuː ˈmɪd.l̩.ɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fair too mid-ling]
    • /fɛər tu ˈmɪd lɪŋ/

Definitions of fair to middling words

  • adjective fair to middling free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice: a fair decision; a fair judge. 1
  • adjective fair to middling legitimately sought, pursued, done, given, etc.; proper under the rules: a fair fight. 1
  • adjective fair to middling moderately large; ample: a fair income. 1
  • adjective fair to middling neither excellent nor poor; moderately or tolerably good: fair health. 1
  • adjective fair to middling marked by favoring conditions; likely; promising: in a fair way to succeed. 1
  • adjective fair to middling Meteorology. (of the sky) bright; sunny; cloudless to half-cloudy. (of the weather) fine; with no prospect of rain, snow, or hail; not stormy. 1

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Origin of fair to middling

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English; Old English fæger; cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German fagar, Old Norse fagr, Gothic fagrs

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Parts of speech for Fair to middling


fair to middling popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 100% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for fair to middling

adj fair to middling

  • acceptable — Acceptable activities and situations are those that most people approve of or consider to be normal.
  • adequate — If something is adequate, there is enough of it or it is good enough to be used or accepted.
  • fair — free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice: a fair decision; a fair judge.
  • indifferent — without interest or concern; not caring; apathetic: his indifferent attitude toward the suffering of others.
  • mediocre — of only ordinary or moderate quality; neither good nor bad; barely adequate: The car gets only mediocre mileage, but it's fun to drive. Synonyms: undistinguished, commonplace, pedestrian, everyday; run-of-the-mill. Antonyms: extraordinary, superior, uncommon, incomparable.

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