secondhand

[sek-uh nd-hand]

adjective

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.

adverb

after another user or owner: He bought it secondhand.
indirectly; at second hand: He heard the news secondhand.

Nearby words

  1. secondary wall,
  2. secondary wave,
  3. secondary xylem,
  4. seconde,
  5. secondee,
  6. secondhand smoke,
  7. secondly,
  8. secondment,
  9. secondo,
  10. seconds

Origin of secondhand

First recorded in 1645–55; second1 + hand

Related formssec·ond·hand·ed·ness, noun

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