of only ordinary or moderate quality; neither good nor bad; barely adequate: The car gets only mediocre mileage, but it's fun to drive. undistinguished, commonplace, pedestrian, everyday; run-of-the-mill. extraordinary, superior, uncommon, incomparable.
not satisfactory; poor; inferior: Mediocre construction makes that building dangerous. meager, low-quality, second-rate; so-so. excellent, superior.

1580–90; < Middle French < Latin mediocris in a middle state, literally, at middle height = medi(us) mid1 + OL ocris rugged mountain, cognate with Greek ókris, akin to ákros apex; compare Umbrian ocar hill, citadel

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mediocre (ˌmiːdɪˈəʊkə, ˈmiːdɪˌəʊkə)
derogatory often average or ordinary in quality: a mediocre book
[C16: via French from Latin mediocris moderate, literally: halfway up the mountain, from medius middle + ocris stony mountain]

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1580s, from Fr. médiocre, from L. mediocris "of middling height or state," originally "halfway up a mountain," from medius "middle" (see medial) + ocris "jagged mountain" (cf. Gk. okris "peak, point," Welsh ochr "corner, border," L. acer "sharp;" see acrid).
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