second nature


Definition of second nature

: an acquired deeply ingrained habit or skill after a while, using the gearshift becomes second nature

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for second nature


custom, fashion, habit, habitude, pattern, practice (also practise), ritual, trick, way, wont

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of second nature in a Sentence

After a while, using the gearshift becomes second nature. speaking and thinking in Japanese simply became second nature to her during the years she spent in Kyoto

Recent Examples on the Web

This can be exceptionally hard some days and come as complete second nature on others. Misty Bell Stiers, Quartz at Work, "Pride month is over. The need for safe spaces at work is not," 13 July 2019 The first rule of reality TV has become second nature to her: everything is always a performance. The Economist, "Power-walking with Kathy Griffin," 12 July 2019 Though skiing soon became second nature, the dearth of affordable yet stylish ski gear kept her from feeling completely comfortable on the slopes. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Introducing Matek, a New Line of Cutting-Edge Ski Intimates," 4 Dec. 2018 For a lot of us, loyalty to country is second nature, a quiet assumption that goes without saying — even when our country fails to show its loyalty in return. Tyrone Beason / Columnist, The Seattle Times, "Kazuo Yamane’s WWII story shows the lengths to which some must go to prove their loyalty to America," 11 Nov. 2018 This tendency seems fitting for a twosome whose bond was built on an unexpected connection, and for whom embracing the new and never-seen-before is second nature. Shoko Wanger, House Beautiful, "This Woman-Run Studio Designs Gorgeous Restaurants You’ll Want to Call Home," 13 Feb. 2019 Braille and accessible phone and computer tech become second nature. Peg Rosen, Good Housekeeping, "Blindness Can't Stop Me from Living the Life I Want to Live," 14 Sep. 2018 At EF Education First, for instance, that man is Belgium’s Sep Vanmarcke, for whom the pavé is second nature. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The Biggest Booby-Trap at the Tour de France: Cobblestone Roads," 13 July 2018 Play calls that once seemed like foreign scripture became second nature. Shawn Mcfarland,, "Governor's Cup Gives Players One Last Chance To Shine On The High School Football Field," 29 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'second nature.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of second nature

1582, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about second nature

Statistics for second nature

Last Updated

19 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for second nature

The first known use of second nature was in 1582

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for second nature

second nature


English Language Learners Definition of second nature

: something you can do easily or without much thought because you have done it many times before

More from Merriam-Webster on second nature

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with second nature

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for second nature

Comments on second nature

What made you want to look up second nature? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


characterized by aphorism

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!