second-rate

adjective sec·ond-rate \ ˌse-kən(d)-ˈrāt \

Definition of second-rate

: of second or inferior quality or value : mediocre
  • a second-rate restaurant

second-rateness

noun

second-rater

play \ˌse-kən(d)-ˈrā-tər\ noun

First Known Use of second-rate

1669

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SECOND-RATE Defined for English Language Learners

second-rate

Definition of second-rate for English Language Learners

  • : not very good : of ordinary or inferior quality


SECOND-RATE Defined for Kids

second-rate

adjective sec·ond-rate \ ˌse-kənd-ˈrāt \

Definition of second-rate for Students

: of ordinary or second quality or value
  • She buys second-rate clothing.


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