Definition of Secondhand

1. Adjective. Derived from what is primary or original; not firsthand. "Most of our knowledge is secondhand"

Similar to: Secondary



2. Adverb. By indirect means. "He prefers to buy secondhand"

3. Adjective. Previously used or owned by another. "Bought a secondhand (or used) car"
Exact synonyms: Used
Similar to: Old

Definition of Secondhand

1. a. Not original or primary; received from another.

Definition of Secondhand

1. Adjective. (context: of goods) not new; previously owned and used by another ¹

2. Adjective. (context: of a dealer) dealing in such merchandise ¹

3. Adverb. indirectly ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Secondhand

1. [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Secondhand

secondary victimization
secondary victimizations
secondary villus
secondary visual area
secondary visual cortex
secondary vitreous
secondary wall
secondary winding
seconde
seconded
secondee
secondees
seconder
seconders
secondes
secondhand (current term)
secondhand-smoke
secondhand smoke
secondi
seconding
secondly
secondment
secondments
secondness
secondo
seconds
seconds of arc
secosteroid
secosteroids
secpar

Literary usage of Secondhand

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1912)
""one Columbus Iron Works ice plant, complete, secondhand, with a guaranteed capacity of six tons of ice per day of 24 hours, said ice machinery being now ..."

2. Judicial and Statutory Definitions of Words and Phrases by West Publishing Company (1905)
"secondhand MACHINERY. secondhand machinery is such machinery as has been previously ... secondhand STORE. A junk shop is defined to be a place where junk is ..."

3. The International Directory of Booksellers, and Bibliophile's Manual by James Clegg (1906)
"1901 New and secondhand Deyrolle Les Fils d'Emile, 46 Rue du Bac, vu. ... secondhand and New Dumont, Ernest, 42 Rue Barbet de Jouy vil. ..."

4. Clegg's International Directory of the World's Book Trade by Thomas Thompson (1906)
"secondhand Archaeology, Fine Arts, Autographs, aud Engravings ... 1901 New and secondhand Deyrolle Les Fils d'Emile, 46 Rue du Bac, vn. ..."

5. Supplement ... to the Public Health Reports by United States Public Health Service (1921)
"Whenever the term "secondhand-paper shop" la used In these regulations It shall mean any premises wherein waste paper or discarded paper stock of any ..."

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