mediocre Definition

of only average quality; not very good.

Using mediocre: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "mediocre" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The food was mediocre at best.

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    He gave a mediocre performance in the play.

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    The team's performance was mediocre this season.

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    The movie received mediocre reviews from critics.

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Phrases with mediocre

  • a student who performs at an average or below-average level


    Despite his parents' expectations, he was always a mediocre student.

  • not very good, with no potential for improvement


    The service at the restaurant was mediocre at best, and we won't be going back there again.

  • a performance that is not very good or impressive


    The band gave a mediocre performance at the concert, and the audience was disappointed.

Origins of mediocre

from French 'médiocre', from Latin 'mediocris', meaning 'of middling height or degree'


Summary: mediocre in Brief

The term 'mediocre' [ˌmiːdiˈəʊkə] refers to something of only average quality, not very good. It can describe anything from food to performance, as in 'The team's performance was mediocre this season.' 'Mediocre' is often used with phrases like 'mediocre at best,' indicating no potential for improvement, and 'a mediocre student,' referring to someone who performs at an average or below-average level.

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