Main definitions of middy in English

: middy1middy2

middy1

nounmiddies

  • 1informal A midshipman.

    ‘They left the two middies talking to one another, then entered the gundeck with the sound of snores reaching their ears.’
    ‘‘I'd recommend your friend Sharin as she'll be working with the command staff and our new gunnery officer Amara,’ Laurel said evenly, ‘and an ensign or middy of your choice.’’
  • 2

    (also middy blouse)
    historical A woman's or child's loose blouse with a sailor collar.

    • ‘An image of my middy blouse hanging alone on the clotheslines outside our kitchen window, buffeted by the wind, came to mind.’
    • ‘Ness looked up at the small robot as she straightened the red tie in front of her middy blouse.’
    • ‘The girls wore gray sweaters or maroon blazers over their white middy blouses.’

Pronunciation

middy

/ˈmɪdi/

Main definitions of middy in English

: middy1middy2

middy2

nounmiddies

informalAustralian
  • A beer glass containing half a pint (285 ml).

    • ‘What we're talking about is a middy of beer, or a small glass of wine, or a single measure of spirits.’
    • ‘It's also illegal to charge more for bottled water than a middy of beer or a glass of wine.’
    • ‘I'd come in with a middy of light and he touched his glass to mine.’

Origin

So named because it is considered to be a medium-sized measure.

Pronunciation

middy

/ˈmɪdi/