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secondhand

adjective sec·ond·hand \ ˈse-kən(d)-ˈhand \
|Updated on: 12 Aug 2018

Definition of secondhand

1 a : received from or through an intermediary : borrowed
b : derivative
  • secondhand ideas
2 a : acquired after being used by another : not new
  • secondhand books
b : dealing in secondhand merchandise
  • a secondhand bookstore

Examples of secondhand in a Sentence

  1. a dealer in secondhand furniture

  2. He's always haunting the secondhand shops for bargains.

Recent Examples of secondhand from the Web

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First Known Use of secondhand

1654

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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secondhand Synonyms

Synonyms

derivative, secondary;

Antonyms

basic, original;

Related Words

unoriginal;

consequent, resultant;


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secondhand

adverb

Definition of secondhand

1 : at second hand : indirectly
  • heard about it secondhand
2 : as a secondhand item
  • bought the couch secondhand

First Known Use of secondhand

1795

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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second hand

noun \ ˌse-kən(d)-ˈhand \

Definition of second hand

: an intermediate person or means : intermediary usually used in the phrase at second hand

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First Known Use of second hand

15th century

in the meaning defined above

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second hand

noun \ ˈsek-ən(d)-ˌhand \

Definition of second hand

: the hand marking seconds on a timepiece

First Known Use of second hand

1759

in the meaning defined above

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SECONDHAND Defined for English Language Learners

secondhand

Definition of secondhand for English Language Learners

  • : having had a previous owner

  • : buying or selling things that have already been owned or used

  • : not original : taken from someone who was not directly involved


SECONDHAND Defined for Kids

secondhand

adjective sec·ond·hand \ ˌse-kənd-ˈhand \

Definition of secondhand for Students

1 : not new : having had a previous owner
  • a secondhand automobile
2 : selling used goods
  • a secondhand shop


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