- previously used or owned; secondhand: a used car.
- showing wear or being worn out: a thrift shop that accepts used clothing.
- employed for a purpose; utilized: a frequently used dictionary.
- used to, accustomed or habituated to: I'm not used to cold weather. They weren't used to getting up so early.
Origin of used
Examples from the Web for half-used
Unused, half-used, misused—was ever anything like that energy?The Ordeal of Mark Twain
Van Wyck Brooks
A half-used strip of shells was in the gun and other strips were close at hand.The Children of France
Varnish and cans of half-used paint remained, but the boat had been removed.Dan Carter and the River Camp
Mildred A. Wirt
Dearly as he loves the choice volumes ranged in neat order on his bookshelves, they are but half-used while they are not shared.The Chautauquan, Vol. III, December 1882
The Chautauquan Literary and Scientific Circle
On the floor to the right lay a half-used cake of soap just as it had slipped from her hand.Initials Only
Anna Katharine Green
- having been partially usedhalf-used tubes of toothpaste
- bought or sold second-handused cars
Word Origin and History for half-used
"second-hand," 1590s, past participle adjective from use (v.). To be used to "accustomed, familiar" is recorded by 1520s. Verbal phrase used to "formerly did or was" (as in I used to love her) represents a construction attested from c.1300, and common from c.1400, but now surviving only in past tense form. The pronunciation is affected by the t- of to.