so so



  • average – neither bad and nor good
  • between good and bad
  • somewhere between average and bad
  • It can be used to show indifference

Grammar Note: The set phrase “so-so” is generally used as an adjective to describe an experience or object but it can also be used as an adverb.

Example Sentences

  1. The new restaurant in town is so-so. It is not the worst food that I have ever eaten, but I would not go back.
  2. My new job is so-so. I enjoy the benefits, but I find that it is very boring.
  3. I find that the new Batman movie was just so-so. I expected so much more after the big budget and excitement that surrounded it.
  4. The food on our trip was so-so. I refused to try all of the strange local cuisine.
  5. “How is Jane’s new boyfriend?” “So so.”
  6. “How is it going today, Pete.” “So-so.”


The word originated in the mid-1500s. It is derived from the mid-13th century word so, which means “in this state or condition.” It has been used as an adjective meaning “mediocre” since the 1540s.

It is not a commonly used phrase and falls into the lower 50% of used phrases. There is a similar word in most languages meaning more or less the same things.

Synonyms of “So So”

  • average
  • fair
  • mediocre
  • unremarkable
  • indifferent
  • passable
  • okay
  • all right
  • moderate

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