[ suhb-prahym ]
/ sʌbˈpraɪm /


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

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

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/ (ˈsʌbˌpraɪm) US /


(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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