Origin of third-rate
Related formsthird-rat·er, noun
Examples from the Web for third-rate
In the past, it has actually helped the cause of freedom that politics is mostly a pursuit for third-rate talents.
First-rate and third-rate works of the same size brought similar prices.
Go on with the dolly dialogue or I'll punch your head, you third-rate best seller!The Gay Rebellion|Robert W. Chambers
The compound was scarcely inviting, and resembled a third-rate haggis.South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. IV (of 6)|Louis Creswicke
Young Burkitt, the architect, had seen him coming out of a third-rate restaurant, looking terribly down in the mouth!The Forsyte Saga, Complete|John Galsworthy
As thus: Mr. Balfour had spoken of the people who denounced Dublin Castle as "third-rate politicians."Sketches In The House (1893)|T. P. O'Connor
It is mocked, derided, by a number of lawyers' clerks and nonentities from third-rate Irish towns.Ireland as It Is|Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)