so-so

or so so

[ soh-soh, soh-soh ]
/ ˈsoʊˌsoʊ, ˈsoʊˈsoʊ /

adjective

Also so·so. indifferent; neither very good nor very bad.

adverb

in an indifferent or passable manner; indifferently; tolerably.

Nearby words

  1. so that,
  2. so to speak,
  3. so what,
  4. so-and-so,
  5. so-called,
  6. so.,
  7. soak,
  8. soak up,
  9. soakage,
  10. soakaway

Origin of so-so

First recorded in 1520–30

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British Dictionary definitions for so-so

so-so

/ informal /

adjective

(postpositive) neither good nor bad

adverb

in an average or indifferent manner
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Word Origin and History for so-so

so-so

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

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