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mediocre

[ mee-dee-oh-ker ]
/ ˌmi diˈoʊ kər /
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adjective
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.
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Origin of mediocre

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

OTHER WORDS FROM mediocre

sub·me·di·o·cre, adjectivesu·per·me·di·o·cre, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mediocre

mediocre
/ (ˌmiːdɪˈəʊkə, ˈmiːdɪˌəʊkə) /

adjective
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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