from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Neither very good nor very bad; passable: a so-so performance; feeling so-so.
  • adv. Neither very well nor very poorly; passably: I swam so-so, but better than yesterday.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Neither good nor bad; tolerable, passable, indifferent.
  • adv. Neither very well nor very poorly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Neither very good nor very bad; middling; passable; tolerable; indifferent.
  • adv. Also, moderately or tolerably well; passably; as, he succeeded but so so.
  • adv. Tolerably; passably.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • adj. being neither good nor bad
  • adv. in an acceptable (but not outstanding) manner


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  • JM tried working as a tailor but it was all just so-so.

    June 27, 2011