[ sek-uhnd-reyt ]
/ ˈsɛk əndˈreɪt /


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


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Origin of second-rate

First recorded in 1660–70

OTHER WORDS FROM second-rate

sec·ond-rate·ness, nounsec·ond·rat·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for second-rate



not of the highest quality; mediocre
second in importance, etc

Derived forms of second-rate

second-rater, noun
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