- 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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for 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
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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)
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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
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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