Definition of above (or below or under) par in English:

above (or below or under) par


  • Better (or worse) than is usual or expected.

    ‘poor nutrition can leave you feeling below par’
    • ‘The jokes seemed to be aimed at an older audience, where as to me, the Simpsons movie felt below par and the jokes fairly stale.’
    • ‘The sauce, which as you would expect is the key, is invariably under par.’
    • ‘With the loss of some key players, the team looked distinctly under par.’
    • ‘Two years ago I was overweight, bloated, lacked energy, fell asleep early in the evenings and generally felt below par.’
    • ‘It will strike when its host suffers from a wound such as a small cut, a minor ailment such as a cold, or when the immune system is under par.’
    substandard, inferior, not up to standard, not up to scratch, under par, below average, lacking, wanting, second-rate, mediocre, middling, poor, bad, inadequate, unsatisfactory, uninspired, undistinguished
    slightly unwell, not well, not very well, not oneself, not in good shape, out of sorts
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