hand-me-down

adjective
\ ˈhan(d)-mē-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce hand-me-down (audio) \

Definition of hand-me-down

1 : put in use by one person or group after being used, discarded, or handed down by another hand-me-down clothes hand-me-down anecdotes
2 : ready-made and usually cheap and shoddy

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hand-me-down noun

First Known Use of hand-me-down

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hand-me-down was in 1826

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“Hand-me-down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hand-me-down. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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hand-me-down

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of hand-me-down

: owned or used by someone else before you : secondhand

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