HyperDic: secondhand

English > 3 senses of the word secondhand:
ADVERBallsecondhandby indirect means
ADJECTIVEallsecondhandderived from what is primary or original
allsecondhand, usedpreviously used or owned by another
secondhand > pronunciation
Soundsseh'kahndhhae.nd; seh'kahnhhae.nd
Rhymesampersand ... woodland: 90 rhymes with aend...
English > secondhand: 3 senses > adjective 1
Meaningderived from what is primary or original; not firsthand.
Examples
  • "a secondhand report"
  • "a secondhand account of a memory of something once read"
  • "most of our knowledge is secondhand"
BroadersecondaryOf second rank or importance or value
Adverbssecondhandby indirect means
English > secondhand: 3 senses > adjective 2
Meaningpreviously used or owned by another.
Example"bought a secondhand (or used) car"
Synonymused
BroaderoldOf long duration
Spanishde segunda mano, usado
Adverbssecond handfrom a source of previously owned goods
English > secondhand: 3 senses > adverb 1
MeaningBy indirect means.
Examples
  • "I heard about it only secondhand or thirdhand"
  • "he prefers to buy secondhand"
Adjectivessecondhandderived from what is primary or original

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