Advertisement

mediocre (adj.)

1580s, "of moderate degree or quality, neither good nor bad," from French médiocre (16c.), from Latin mediocris "of middling height or state, moderate, ordinary," figuratively "mediocre, mean, inferior," literally "halfway up a mountain," from medius "middle" (from PIE root *medhyo- "middle") + ocris "jagged mountain" (cognate with Greek okris "peak, point," Welsh ochr "corner, border," Latin acer "sharp;" from PIE root *ak- "be sharp, rise (out) to a point, pierce"). As a noun, "mediocre thing or person," by 1834.

Others are reading

Advertisement
Definitions of mediocre from WordNet

mediocre (adj.)
moderate to inferior in quality;
they improved the quality from mediocre to above average
Synonyms: second-rate
mediocre (adj.)
lacking exceptional quality or ability;
the caliber of the students has gone from mediocre to above average
Synonyms: average / fair / middling
mediocre (adj.)
poor to middling in quality;
there have been good and mediocre and bad artists
From wordnet.princeton.edu