[sek-uh nd-hand]


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

First recorded in 1645–55; second1 + hand
Related formssec·ond·hand·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for secondhand

hand-me-down, old, pre-owned

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