halfway vs middle what difference

what is difference between halfway and middle

English

Etymology

From Middle English halfwey, from Old English healfweġ (half-way), equivalent to half- +‎ way. Cognate with Saterland Frisian hoolfwais (halfway), Dutch halfweg (halfway), German halbwegs (halfway), Danish halvvejs (halway), Swedish halvvägs (halfway).

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /hæfweɪ/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /hɑːfˈweɪ/

Adverb

halfway (not comparable)

  1. Half of the way between two points; midway.
  2. Moderately; somewhat.
    a halfway decent place to sleep

Derived terms

  • meet halfway

Translations

See also

  • halfways


English

Alternative forms

  • myddle (obsolete)

Etymology

From Middle English middel, from Old English middel, middle (middle, centre, waist), from Proto-Germanic *midlą, *midilą, *medalą (middle), a diminutive of Proto-Germanic *midjō (middle, midst) (compare *midjaz (mid, middle, adjective)), from Proto-Indo-European *médʰyos (between, in the middle, middle). Cognate with West Frisian middel, Dutch middel, German mittel (middle, adjective), German Mittel (middle, means, noun), Danish middel (means, agent, medicine). Related also to Swedish medel (means, medium), Icelandic meðal (means, medicine). See also mid.

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈmɪdəl/, [ˈmɪ.ɾɫ̩]
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈmɪdəl/, [ˈmɪ.dəɫ], [ˈmɪ.dʊ]
  • (General Australian) IPA(key): /ˈmɪdəl/, [ˈmɪ̝.dəɫ], [ˈmɪ̝.dʊ], [ˈmɪ̝.ɾ-]
  • (General New Zealand) IPA(key): /ˈmɘdɘl/, [ˈmə.dɯ(ɫ)], [ˈmə.ɾ-]
  • Rhymes: -ɪdəl

Noun

middle (plural middles)

  1. A centre, midpoint.
  2. The part between the beginning and the end.
  3. (cricket) The middle stump.
  4. The central part of a human body; the waist.
    • Fasting In A Fast World
      If I have a diet plan and stick to it, it is easy for me to have control over my middle.
  5. (grammar) The middle voice.

Synonyms

  • (centre): centre, center, midpoint; see also Thesaurus:midpoint
  • (part between the beginning and the end): centre, center, midst

Translations

Adjective

middle (not comparable)

  1. Located in the middle; in between.
    the middle point
    middle name, Middle English, Middle Ages
  2. Central.
  3. (grammar) Pertaining to the middle voice.

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:intermediate

Translations

Derived terms

Related terms

  • mid-
  • middle(in compounds; not a prefix)
  • middling

Verb

middle (third-person singular simple present middles, present participle middling, simple past and past participle middled)

  1. (obsolete) To take a middle view of. [17th–18th c.]
    • 1748, Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, Letter 27:
      And now, to middle the matter between both, it is pity, that the man they favour has not that sort of merit which a person of a mind so delicate as that of Miss Harlowe might reasonably expect in a husband.
  2. (obsolete, nautical, transitive) To double (a rope) into two equal portions; to fold in the middle. [19th c.]

Middle English

Adjective

middle

  1. inflection of middel:
    1. weak singular
    2. strong/weak plural

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