1 of 2


: moderately well : tolerably


2 of 2


: neither very good nor very bad : middling
a so-so performance

Examples of so-so in a Sentence

Adverb I think I did so-so on the test Adjective a so-so production of a great play
Recent Examples on the Web
Yet Virginia’s decision seems like no more than a sop to watermen in that state who face rising costs but so-so harvests. Baltimore Sun Editorial Board, Baltimore Sun, 2 July 2024 And mediocre reviews in conjunction with a so-so B+ Cinemascore hadn’t exactly primed the cinematic pump for Anyone But You. Chris Lee, Vulture, 29 Jan. 2024
Things go from meh to worse when her best friend is laid off and her so-so relationship takes an unexpected and life-altering twist. The Editors, Town & Country, 4 Mar. 2023 His results, both in the big leagues and the minors over the past two seasons, have been so-so at best. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 23 Feb. 2023 See all Example Sentences for so-so 

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'so-so.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use


circa 1530, in the meaning defined above


1542, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of so-so was circa 1530

Dictionary Entries Near so-so

Cite this Entry

“So-so.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adverb
: fairly well : tolerably, passably
played the violin only so-so


2 of 2 adjective
: neither very good nor very bad
a so-so performance
Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!