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
hand-me-down noun

Examples of hand-me-down in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Middle children recall their wardrobe of hand-me-downs. Allie Volpe, Vox, 10 June 2024 The everyday cadences of the film, the trifling conversations about flowers and kids and neighbors and hand-me-down clothes and where to live, are clearly meant to be relatable. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 10 Mar. 2024 My first console was a hand-me-down Nintendo Entertainment System with a busted Zapper gun. Christopher Cruz, Rolling Stone, 22 May 2024 The three of them had become close as the mother and daughter frequented the store, with Hughes often giving the two of them hand-me-down clothes from his own children. David Clarey, Journal Sentinel, 1 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for hand-me-down 

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Word History

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
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 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

hand-me-down

adjective
ˈhan(d)-mē-ˌdau̇n
: put in use by one person or group after being used, discarded, or handed down by another
hand-me-down noun

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