First Known Use of second-rate
bad, bargain-basement, bum, cheap, cheapjack, cheesy, coarse, common, cut-rate, execrable, gimcrack, inferior, junky, lousy, low-grade, low-rent, mediocre, miserable, poor, rotten, rubbishy, schlock (or schlocky), shoddy, sleazy, terrible, trashy, trumpery, wretched;
SECOND-RATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of second-rate for English Language Learners
: not very good : of ordinary or inferior quality
SECOND-RATE Defined for Kids
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