Mediocre definition

mēdē-ōkər
Neither very good nor very bad; ordinary; average.
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Not good enough; inferior.
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Of ordinary or undistinguished quality.
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I'm pretty good at tennis but only mediocre at racquetball.

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The definition of mediocre is something that is just average, or not very good.

When your dinner is edible but not very good, this is an example of when it is mediocre.

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Origin of mediocre

  • French médiocre from Latin mediocris medius middle medhyo- in Indo-European roots ocris a rugged mountain ak- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the late Middle English medioker, from the French médiocre, from the Middle French médiocre, from the Classical Latin mediocris (“in a middle state", “of middle size", “middling", “moderate", “ordinary"), from medius (“middle") + ocris (“rugged mountain"); compare mediocrely and mediocrity.

    From Wiktionary