From the late Middle English medioker, from the French médiocre, from the Middle French médiocre, from the Classical Latin mediocris (“in a middle state”, “of middle size”, “middling”, “moderate”, “ordinary”), from medius (“middle”) + ocris (“rugged mountain”); compare mediocrely and mediocrity.
- Having no peculiar or outstanding features; not extraordinary, special, exceptional, or great; of medium quality.
- I'm pretty good at tennis but only mediocre at racquetball.
mediocre (plural mediocres)
- A person of minor significance, accomplishment or acclaim; a common and undistinguished person.
- 1825, “Present State of Literature”, in The Gentleman's Magazine, volume XCV, page 197:
- Of the hundreds of inferior poets, who are continually offering their sonnets and addresses to the Moon, (or to the public instead of that luminary,) Wade, Barton, Wiffen, and Bailey, are the most conspicuous. Wade is a new aspirant, but gives strong prognostications of genius. Barton and Bailey are above the mediocres, and Wiffen tolerable.
- 2014, Todd Whitaker, Dealing with Difficult Teachers, Third Edition (page 84)
- After this lecture, how do the mediocres feel? They probably feel indifferent or mad. Perhaps they were not even paying attention. The question is, are they more likely to be in the hallway tomorrow? Probably not.
- (historical) A member of a socioeconomic class between the upper ranks of society and the agricultural workers.
- (person of minor significance, accomplishment or acclaim): great
- mediocre in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- mediocre in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
mediocre (masculine and feminine plural mediocres)
mediocre (masculine and feminine plural mediocri)
mediocre m, f (plural mediocri)
- mediocre person; mediocrity