thirdhand

adjective
third·​hand | \ ˈthərd-ˈhand How to pronounce thirdhand (audio) \

Definition of thirdhand

1 : received from or through two intermediaries thirdhand information
2a : acquired after being used by two previous owners
b : dealing in thirdhand merchandise

Examples of thirdhand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In asserting that the death was murder, Dostoevsky’s daughter Lyubov had relied on thirdhand information. Gary Saul Morson, The New York Review of Books, 15 June 2021

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First Known Use of thirdhand

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

27 Jun 2021

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“Thirdhand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thirdhand. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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