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  1. of lesser or minor quality, importance, or the like: a second-rate poet.
  2. inferior; mediocre: a second-rate performance.
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Origin of second-rate

First recorded in 1660–70
Related formssec·ond-rate·ness, nounsec·ond·rat·er, noun

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Related Words for second-rate

crummy, inferior, mediocre, cheap, deficient, inadequate, poor, rotten, shabby, shoddy, substandard, unacceptable, unsatisfactory, low-grade, second-class, second-best, common

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British Dictionary definitions for second-rate


  1. not of the highest quality; mediocre
  2. second in importance, etc
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Derived Formssecond-rater, noun
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Word Origin and History for second-rate


1660s, originally of ships; see rate (n.).

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