being of less than top quality: a subprime grade of steel.
being below a prime rate: banks engaging in subprime lending.

Nearby words

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  2. subpolar,
  3. subpopulation,
  4. subpotency,
  5. subprimal,
  6. subprincipal,
  7. subprofessional,
  8. subprogram,
  9. subpubic angle,
  10. subpurlin

Origin of subprime Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for subprime



(of a loan) made to a borrower with a poor credit rating, usually at a high rate of interest


a loan made to a borrower with a poor credit rating
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Word Origin and History for subprime



also sub-prime, of loans, etc., by 1978, in frequent use from 1996, from sub- + prime (adj.).

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