Examples of mediocre in a Sentence
- They sensed that mediocre students like Roosevelt really did possess a set of virtues that needed to be protected and cherished. —David Brooks, New York Times Book Review, 6 Nov. 2005
- Of course, it could be that what Wesley has been through steeled his nerves and transformed him from a mediocre point guard into one of the fiercest shooters in the league with the game on the line. —Chad Millman, ESPN, 14 May 2001
- In short, they'd have to build a first-rate health-care system out of the shantytown's mediocre one—a system that would administer those drugs reliably and keep the patients' spirits up, because the second-line drugs are weak and have unpleasant side effects, which a patient has to endure for as much as two years. —Tracy Kidder, New Yorker, 10 July 2000
The dinner was delicious, but the dessert was mediocre.
The carpenter did a mediocre job.
The critics dismissed him as a mediocre actor.
Recent Examples of mediocre from the Web
Saturday, Sept. 9: vs. Northern Colorado, 7:30 p.m. (SEC Network): The Bears were mediocre in FCS play last season, amassing a 6-5 record including a 21-47 loss to Jim McElwain’s former team, Colorado State.
He's been mostly mediocre away from Heinz Field the last two seasons.
His performance at the PGA was nothing more than mediocre.
A great pair of speakers can make an otherwise mediocre audio system sound amazing.
As the season progresses to its latter stages, the Dodgers have brushed off a mediocre start and morphed into a colossus.
When the film marked its 50th anniversary in 2013, Landau recalled the monumentally mediocre movie’s other headlining scandal: Elizabeth Taylor’s adulterous affair with Burton.
But on the other, drop a mediocre punchline and the lukewarm reaction spread out among those thousands is extra mood-killing.
Commodities got cheaper through much of the second quarter, adding to several years of mediocre-to-weak performance.
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Why being halfway up a mountain is mediocre
One of the things that is remarkable about mediocre is the extent to which it has retained its meaning over the course of more than four centuries of continual use. The word, when used as an adjective, has changed very little, if at all, in its meaning since it was used in a 1586 book titled The English Secretorie (our earliest known evidence): “Mediocre, a meane betwixt high and low, vehement and slender, too much and too little as we saye. . . .” The word comes to English from the Middle French, which took it from a Latin word meaning “halfway up a mountain” (mediocris). The noun form of mediocre is mediocrity.
Synonymscommon, fair, indifferent, medium, middling, ordinary, passable, run-of-the-mill, run-of-the-mine (or run-of-mine), second-class, second-rate, so-so
Antonymsexcellent, fine, first-class, first-rate, good, high-grade, superior, top-notch
Related Wordsacceptable, adequate, all right, alright, decent, OK (or okay), reasonable, satisfactory, sufficient, sufficing, tolerable; moderate, modest; presentable, respectable; minimal, unexceptional; fine, good, nice
Near AntonymsA1, capital, choice, classic, distinguished, excellent, exceptional, exquisite, fabulous, fantastic, fine, first-class, first-rate, grand, great, marvelous (or marvellous), matchless, maximum, nifty, number one (also No. 1), optimal, optimum, outstanding, par excellence, peerless, preeminent, prime, sensational, special, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supreme, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-notch; unmatched, unparalleled, unsurpassed; deficient, inadequate, insufficient, lacking, unacceptable, unsatisfactory, wanting
MEDIOCRE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mediocre for English Language Learners
: not very good
MEDIOCRE Defined for Kids
Definition of mediocre for Students
- That restaurant is just mediocre.
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