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secondhand

[sek-uh nd-hand]
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adjective
  1. not directly known or experienced; obtained from others or from books: Most of our knowledge is secondhand.
  2. previously used or owned: secondhand clothes.
  3. dealing in previously used goods: a secondhand bookseller.
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adverb
  1. after another user or owner: He bought it secondhand.
  2. indirectly; at second hand: He heard the news secondhand.
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Origin of secondhand

First recorded in 1645–55; second1 + hand
Related formssec·ond·hand·ed·ness, noun
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Related Words

hand-me-downoldpre-owned

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