American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Informal A midshipman.
- n. A middy blouse.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A colloquial diminutive of mid, an abbreviation of midshipman.
- n. nautical, slang a midshipman
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A colloquial abbreviation of
- n. blouse with a sailor collar
“_Fatima_, the first swab, as I told you, got an ugly scrape in the leg that prevented him from moving; so when the second lieutenant was put in charge of the dhow to take her up to Zanzibar, I was the only responsible man the captain could think of to send cruising with the pinnace, as the middy was a harum-scarum youngster, who hadn't got thought enough, and neither the boatswain nor Chips could be taken away from their duties without perhaps the ship suffering.”
“Down a "middy" of Tooheys New (a downmarket brew but perfect for this pub) to whet your appetite for lunch.”
“She's gone in for dress reform now, you know, a kind of middy blouse made out of a striped portière with a kilted skirt of the same material and a Scotch cap.”
“Jerome, the youngest of the whole family, the "middy," as Napoleon liked to call him, had been placed in the navy, in which profession he passed as having distinguished himself, after leaving his admiral in rather a peculiar manner, by attacking an English convoy, and eventually escaping the English by running into the port of Concarneau, believed to be inaccessible.”
“Some one among the crew was humming the refrain of the old anchor-hoisting song, "Le Chien d'Or -- I love your Daughter;" a melody that has haunted the River St. Lawrence since the day when his comrades forcibly carried off Admiral Nelson, then a "middy," from the wiles and fascinations of the daughter of the landlord of "Le Chien d'Or.”
“As might have been expected her garb was neither rich nor smart, but it was pretty and well made and evidently fitted for her life: a loose "middy," blue skirt, woolen stockings and rather solid little boots.”
“So she searched again, and came upon a blue-and-white "middy" suit and a dark-blue "Norfolk.”
“There on the beds lay five complete riding suits: divided skirts of khaki, "middy" blouses of a cooler material, and soft Panama hats, each wound with a blue scarf and finished with a smart bow.”
“Although no average cake would have held the candles to which Miss Mercy's birthdays entitled her, she was given to "middy" blouses and pink sweaters.”
“Picture an awkward thirteen-year-old in knee socks, two sets of barrettes, a white middy blouse, and a pale blue skirt.”
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