secondhand

5 ENTRIES FOUND:

1sec·ond·hand

adjective \ˈse-kən(d)-ˈhand\

: having had a previous owner

: buying or selling things that have already been owned or used

: not original : taken from someone who was not directly involved

Full Definition of SECONDHAND

1
a :  received from or through an intermediary :  borrowed
b :  derivative <secondhand ideas>
2
a :  acquired after being used by another :  not new <secondhand books>
b :  dealing in secondhand merchandise <a secondhand bookstore>

Examples of SECONDHAND

  1. a dealer in secondhand furniture
  2. He's always haunting the secondhand shops for bargains.

First Known Use of SECONDHAND

1654

Related to SECONDHAND

2secondhand

adverb

Definition of SECONDHAND

1
:  at second hand :  indirectly <heard about it secondhand>
2
:  as a secondhand item <bought the couch secondhand>

First Known Use of SECONDHAND

1795

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