- (golf) (of a score) Less than par for the hole or course
- (idiomatic) Not up to the average or normal standard
- 2013, Daniel Taylor, Rickie Lambert's debut goal gives England victory over Scotland (in The Guardian, 14 August 2013)
- Steve Gerrard, unusually, had a below-par night, too, even if it was a lovely delivery to set up Welbeck to make it 2-2 with a glancing header.
- (of a financial instrument) Having a price below its face value