Other Ways to Say “Average”

Hi English learners! Welcome to a new vocabulary lesson. We are going to learn 10 other ways to say “average” which include adjectives and idiomatic expressions.

Here is the list:

  • Acceptable
  • Adequate
  • Decent
  • Middling
  • Tolerable
  • Passable
  • Nothing to write home about
  • A dime a dozen
  • Common or garden 
  • Run-of-the-mill


When we say that something is acceptable, we mean that it is not excellent but good enough for a particular purpose.

  • All the students who reach an acceptable level of knowledge will be able to apply for a scholarship.
  • The manager decided to sign the contract; although it wasn’t perfect, he assumed it was acceptable.
Other Ways to Say "Average"
Other Ways to Say “Average”


Something is adequate when it is not very good but good enough.

  • The hotel we stayed in was basic but perfectly adequate. It had everything we needed.
  • When we made sure we had an adequate amount of food and drinks for the weekend we went camping.


If something is decent, then it has a satisfactory standard or quality.

  • Mira had a decent job with a decent salary.
  • For the money I pay I expect to have a decent hotel room.


If something is middling, it is of average ability, size, and quality; not very good but not bad either.

  • Although she practised a lot, Tara was a pianist of middling talent. 
  • ‘Do you like your tea strong?’ ‘I like it middling.’
Other Ways to Say "Average"
Other Ways to Say “Average”


Something is tolerable when it is of acceptable quality but not very good.

  • The accommodation we had at the campsite was barely tolerable.
  • The house we rented is too small but tolerable for the time being because we can’t afford a better one.


If we say that something is passable, we mean that it is satisfactory but not excellent.

  • The food in the restaurant was excellent but the service was passable.
  • Mary can speak passable Spanish.

Nothing to write home about

If we say that something is nothing to write home about we mean that it is average and ordinary; not special at all.

  • The play we watched last night was all right but nothing to write home about.
  • Tim’s new flat is in a nice place but the interior is nothing to write home about.
Other Ways to Say “Average”
Other Ways to Say “Average”

A dime a dozen

Something is a dime a dozen when it is ordinary and average; not special in any way.

  • Movies like this one are a dime a dozen nowadays. I’d like to see something more interesting.
  • Jobs like that are a dime a dozen today. I’m sure you’ll find a new one soon.

Common or garden 

If something is common or garden, it is ordinary and average.

  • Our new car is common or garden but it is very comfortable.
  • Thomas was a kind of designer that could turn common or garden furniture into stylish.


If something is run-of-the-mill, it is common and ordinary and not special or interesting at all.

  • The holiday they spent in Paris was totally different from the run-of-the-mill holidays they’d had before.
  • David gave a run-of-the-mill speech, not very interesting and a bit boring I’d say.
Other Ways to Say “Average”
Other Ways to Say “Average”

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M. A. Ahmed · 4 Oct 2022 at 3:10 pm

Very easy to understand, with clear meaning ful sentences which is surprisable

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