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so-so

or so so

[soh-soh, soh-soh] /ˈsoʊˌsoʊ, ˈsoʊˈsoʊ/
adjective
1.
Also, soso. indifferent; neither very good nor very bad.
adverb
2.
in an indifferent or passable manner; indifferently; tolerably.
Origin of so-so
1520-1530
First recorded in 1520-30
Synonyms
1. mediocre, fair, ordinary, average, passable.
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  • My practice is mostly among the poor, or the people that are only so-so.

    The Faith Doctor Edward Eggleston
  • If strangers come, so-so may bark, which he can do as well as a bigger dog.

    Last Words Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • "There are sixty seconds in every single minute, so-so," said she.

    Last Words Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • "I'll catch him," said so-so, and he put up his tail, and started off.

    Last Words Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • The Main is an easy stream to follow, and the scenery only so-so.

British Dictionary definitions for so-so

so-so

adjective
1.
(postpositive) neither good nor bad
adverb
2.
in an average or indifferent manner
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Word Origin and History for so-so

1520s as an adverb, "indifferently;" as an adjective, "mediocre, neither too good nor too bad," 1540s; from so.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for so-so

so-so

adjective

Average; ordinary: It's a so-so movie (1530+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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