[ mee-dee-oh-ker ]
/ ˌmi diˈoʊ kər /


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

1580–90; < Middle French < Latin mediocris in a middle state, literally, at middle height, equivalent to medi(us) mid1 + Old Latin ocris rugged mountain, cognate with Greek ókris, akin to ákros apex; compare Umbrian ocar hill, citadel


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British Dictionary definitions for mediocre

/ (ˌmiːdɪˈəʊkə, ˈmiːdɪˌəʊkə) /


often derogatory average or ordinary in qualitya mediocre book

Word Origin for mediocre

C16: via French from Latin mediocris moderate, literally: halfway up the mountain, from medius middle + ocris stony mountain
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