[ hand-mee-doun, han- ]
/ ˈhænd miˌdaʊn, ˈhæn- /


an article of clothing passed on to another person after being used, outgrown, etc.: The younger children wore the hand-me-downs of the older ones.
any item not new that is or can be used again: Our office furniture was a collection of hand-me-downs.


passed along for further use by others: some hand-me-down clothes from my older brother.
borrowed or adapted from other sources; derivative: a street full of hand-me-down architecture.

Origin of hand-me-down

First recorded in 1870–75
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British Dictionary definitions for hand-me-down


noun informal

  1. something, esp an outgrown garment, passed down from one person to another
  2. (as modifier)a hand-me-down dress
  1. anything that has already been used by another
  2. (as modifier)hand-me-down ideas
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