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Midmest, a. Also: myd-, med- and -mast. [ME. myd-, ME. and OE. midmest.] = Mid a. in various senses: middle; intermediate.(1) 1456 Exch. R. VI. 224.
De Mydmeststede de Warmwod
1535 Stewart 33886.
Him self that da faucht in the midmest feild
Ib. 50147.
Schir James of Douglas … Commandit hes into the mid-mest ward
1537 Antiq. Aberd. & B. II. 367.
The midmest furd of the thrie furdis
1587 Reg. Privy C. IV. 205.
The haill twa midmest fingaris
1643 T. Hope Diary 188.
In the midmest of the twa black schotells
(b) 1494 Loutfut MS. 36 b.
The Ros … has rengis of levis … and the formast ar grettaist and the mydmast ar les
(c) 1589–1600 Skipper's Acc. (Morton) 52 b.
To laye our medmest doris
(2) 1564–5 Black Friars Edinb. 93.
[The] foir midmest buith above the stairheid
(3) ?1438 Alex. ii. 7127.
His midmest sone
1498 Reg. Morton II. 250.
[He] sall have with the saidis twa mydmast sisteris and dochteris the … hale chemys
1520 Prot. Bk. J. Foular II. 51.
Agnes Baty mydmest sister to the said umquhile James
1598 Edinb. Test. XXXI. 397.
He leuis his midmest lad callit Huchoun to Johnne Monro
(4) 1622-6 Bisset II. 111/29.
Robert Bruce ȝoungare, or midmest, father to the victorious king Robert the first Bruce

b. Second-best. Cf. Mid a. 5. 1582 Edinb. Test. XII. 6.
Sche … leuis to Dauid Carnegy … the mydmest brasin pot that is in the hous
1607 Ib. XLIII. 161.
Sho levis to … hir sister hir midmest browne gowne, ane pair of hir midmest cloikis

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