below an average, usual, or normal level, quality, or the like; below par: This month his performance has been subpar.
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How to use subpar in a sentence
That capped an eight-play 31-yard drive that began at Kansas City’s 38-yard line following a subpar punt by Tampa Bay’s Bradley Pinion.Super Bowl highlights: Bucs celebrate championship, Tom Brady wins MVP | Des Bieler, Mark Maske, Chuck Culpepper | February 8, 2021 | Washington Post
As a team, however, the Terps played poorly, with 16 turnovers and subpar offense leading to a 55-50 loss.Eric Ayala bounced back from a rough game. Now he needs his teammates to join him. | Emily Giambalvo | February 7, 2021 | Washington Post
The forward went 3 for 11 from the field and had three turnovers against the Heat in his third subpar offensive game since his return from a two-week stint in the league’s coronavirus protocols, during hich he missed three games.Rui Hachimura and Deni Avdija are regaining their footing after missing so much time | Ava Wallace | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
Elway had a subpar regular season, throwing 18 touchdown passes and 18 interceptions, but he still made his third Super Bowl appearance before the age of 30.Brady vs. Mahomes is one of the greatest Super Bowl QB matchups ever. We ranked all 55. | Scott Allen, Neil Greenberg | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
The line of masks are intended to protect people from subpar air quality, as well as airborne threats caused by the environment or a pandemic.CES goes full pandemic with smart masks, stickers to detect covid and the biggest WiFi update in years | Geoffrey Fowler, Heather Kelly, Dalvin Brown, Rachel Lerman | January 12, 2021 | Washington Post
The movies were subpar at best when he had set the bar so high.The Hot Designer Who Hates Fashion: VK Nagrani Triumphs His Own Way | Tom Teodorczuk | December 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Surgeons insist they never used subpar implants, and CIR has no evidence the doctors were involved in the scheme.
But subpar writing and silly sketches failed to earn her the applause.Lady Gaga Disappoints on ‘Saturday Night Live’ (But She Tried Hard) | Kevin Fallon | November 17, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
After some initial impressive vocal flourishes, the subsequent track, "My Darlin'" proves to be another subpar ballad.Miley Cyrus’s Album ‘Bangerz’ Is Totally Schizo and Catchy as Hell | Marlow Stern | October 7, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
But a more positive force—technology—is also responsible for our subpar employment recovery.Robotic Technologies Could Aggravate the U.S. Problem of Slow Jobs Growth | Robert Shapiro | July 19, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST