- 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.
Origin of secondhand
Examples from the Web for secondhand
Contemporary Examples of secondhand
“I think if anybody saw real fame first or secondhand, they would not want to pursue it at all,” says a somber Culkin.The Revival of Kieran Culkin: A Reluctant Star Seizes the Spotlight
October 23, 2014
But recently—more than three decades after my initial reading—I picked up a secondhand copy of the out-of-print book.They Saw Our Sports Problem Coming
September 14, 2014
However studies have found dangerous compounds like benzene and formaldehyde in inhaled or secondhand vapor.E-Cigarettes, Facing Ban, Still Figuring Out What They Want to Be
December 19, 2013
Nearly as outrageous was the $2,000 some early buyers were reselling their tickle-me toys for on secondhand markets.Eight Biggest Elmo Scandals: Kevin Clash, Katy Perry & More (VIDEO)
November 14, 2012
Historical Examples of secondhand
Our pledge was not merely to do a patchwork job with secondhand materials.
He bought a secondhand watch at a pawnbroker's, but disdained a chain.Despair's Last Journey
David Christie Murray
However, at secondhand, the details very shortly reached him.From Place to Place
Irvin S. Cobb
We have thus to take a secondhand version of Armanni's account.The Valet's Tragedy and Other Stories
On his way back to the office he passed a secondhand book-stall.Reginald Cruden
Talbot Baines Reed