from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Neither very good nor very bad; passable.
  • adverb Neither very well nor very poorly; passably.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Neither very good nor very bad, but generally inclining toward bad; indifferent; middling; passable. See so so, under so.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Neither very good nor very bad; middling; passable; tolerable; indifferent.
  • adverb Tolerably; passably.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Neither good nor bad; tolerable, passable, indifferent.
  • adverb Neither very well nor very poorly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective being neither good nor bad
  • adverb in an acceptable (but not outstanding) manner


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