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Definition of "secondhand" [sec•ond•hand]

  • Previously used by another; not new. (adjective)
  • Dealing in previously used merchandise. (adjective)
  • Obtained, derived, or borrowed from another; not original. (adjective)
  • In an indirect manner; indirectly. (adverb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "secondhand" in a sentence
  • "From the article, “In one case in Ohio, a judge who ordered a mother not to smoke near her 8-year-old daughter cited medical journals and a Google search that lists 60,000-plus links for “secondhand smoke” and 30,000-plus links for ’secondhand smoke children.’”"
  • "I got it secondhand from a neighbor and I have had to do (and have done) a lot of replacement parts."
  • "The Heat Index The NBA teams that are seeing the biggest increase in secondhand-market ticket-sale prices when accounting for Miami Heat games."