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English definition of “so-so”


adjective, adverb [not gradable]    /ˈsoʊˌsoʊ/
not very good but not very bad either: "You had a bad time with the flu – how are you feeling?" "So-so, I’m still pretty weak."
(Definition of so-so adjective, adverb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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