- of only ordinary or moderate quality; neither good nor bad; barely adequate: The car gets only mediocre mileage, but it's fun to drive.
- not satisfactory; poor; inferior: Mediocre construction makes that building dangerous.
Origin of mediocre
Examples from the Web for mediocre
To call them mediocre, uninspiring, and stale would be overly generous.Latinos Aren’t a ‘Cheap Date’ for Democrats Anymore
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
November 11, 2014
Jeremy Lin exploded onto the stage as the breakout star of one in a long line of mediocre New York Knicks seasons in 2011-12.Ellen Anaconda, Mike Tyson TV Battle, and More Viral Videos
September 14, 2014
He also took cobbling lessons, eventually becoming good enough to do a mediocre job replacing a pair of soles.Adam Sandler Talks Getting Fired From ‘SNL,’ Bad Reviews, and His Desire to Play a Villain
September 12, 2014
One will not know until the next round—the quarterfinals—when this mediocre Brazil team will once again flirt with defeat.World Cup 2014 Nail-Biter: Host Country Brazil Defeats Chile on Penalty Kicks
June 28, 2014
And this widening and immoral disparity surely may drag down our national numbers from the mediocre to the bad.Why U.S. Health Care Is So Expensive and So Pathetic
June 18, 2014
Verloc, whose affair the police has managed to smother so nicely, was mediocre.The Secret Agent
As for me, I was as mediocre as the play itself, which is saying a great deal.My Double Life
The picture of perfection itself is cold, negative, and mediocre.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
He must be obscure, insignificant and mediocre—in thought, act, speech and sympathy.Notes on Life and Letters
Very good for mediocre people, I dare say; but it wouldn't suit me.
- often derogatory average or ordinary in qualitya mediocre book
Word Origin and History for mediocre
1580s, from Middle French médiocre (16c.), from Latin mediocris "of middling height or state, moderate, ordinary," figuratively "mediocre, mean, inferior," originally "halfway up a mountain," from medius "middle" (see medial (adj.)) + ocris "jagged mountain" (cf. Greek okris "peak, point," Welsh ochr "corner, border," Latin acer "sharp;" see acrid). As a noun, "medicore thing or person," by 1834.