[ sek-uhnd-hand ]
/ ˈsɛk əndˈhænd /
not directly known or experienced; obtained from others or from books: Most of our knowledge is secondhand.
previously used or owned: secondhand clothes.
dealing in previously used goods: a secondhand bookseller.
after another user or owner: He bought it secondhand.
indirectly; at second hand: He heard the news secondhand.
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OTHER WORDS FROM secondhandsec·ond·hand·ed·ness, noun
Definition for secondhand (2 of 2)
[ sek-uhnd -hand for 1; sek-uhnd -hand for 2, 3 ]
/ ˈsɛk ənd ˌhænd for 1; ˈsɛk ənd ˈhænd for 2, 3 /
the hand that indicates the seconds on a clock or watch.
an assistant or helper, as to a worker or foreman.
Origin of second hand
1425–75 for def. 3; 1750–60 for def. 1; late Middle English
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British Dictionary definitions for secondhand (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for secondhand (2 of 2)
previously owned or used
not from an original source or experience
dealing in or selling goods that are not newa second-hand car dealer
from a source of previously owned or used goodshe prefers to buy second-hand
not directlyhe got the news second-hand
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Idioms and Phrases with secondhand
see at second hand.
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