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third-rate

[thurd-reyt]
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adjective
  1. of the third rate, quality, or class.
  2. distinctly inferior: a third-rate performance.

Origin of third-rate

First recorded in 1640–50
Related formsthird-rat·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for third-rate

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Historical Examples

  • To you or me he would have looked like what he was, a second or third-rate tragedian.

    Cruel Barbara Allen

    David Christie Murray

  • There are numerous second- and third-rate hotels in the city and suburbs.

  • There are too many cheap lawyers and third-rate politicians there.

  • They tell us what it is, a third-rate city in a stony wilderness.

    Tancred

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • He is a music master, or a penny-a-liner, or a third-rate artist.

    Daisy Miller

    Henry James


British Dictionary definitions for third-rate

third-rate

adjective
  1. not of high quality; mediocre or inferior
Derived Formsthird-rater, noun
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