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sec·ond-rate

(sĕk′ənd-rāt′)
adj.
Of inferior or mediocre quality or value.

sec′ond-rate′ness n.
sec′ond-rat′er n.

second-rate

adj
1. not of the highest quality; mediocre
2. second in importance, etc
ˈsecond-ˈrater n

sec′ond-rate′



adj.
of lesser or minor quality or importance.
[1660–70]
sec′ond-rate′ness, n.
sec′ond-rat′er, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.second-rate - moderate to inferior in quality; "they improved the quality from mediocre to above average"
inferior - of low or inferior quality

second-rate

adjective inferior, mediocre, poor, cheap, pants (slang), commonplace, tacky (informal), shoddy, low-grade, tawdry, low-quality, substandard, low-rent (informal, chiefly U.S.), for the birds (informal), two-bit (U.S. & Canad. slang), end-of-the-pier (Brit. informal), no great shakes (informal), cheap and nasty (informal), rubbishy, dime-a-dozen (informal), piss-poor (slang), bush-league (Austral. & N.Z. informal), not much cop (Brit. slang), tinhorn (U.S. slang), half-pie (N.Z. informal), strictly for the birds (informal) another second-rate politician
excellent, superior, first-class, fine, quality, choice, good quality, high-class, first-rate, a cut above (informal), de luxe

second-rate

adjective
Translations

second-rate

[ˈsekəndˈreɪt] ADJde segunda fila
some second-rate writeralgún escritor de segunda fila

second-rate

[ˌsɛkndˈreɪt] adjdi second'ordine, scadente

second1

(ˈsekənd) adjective
1. next after, or following, the first in time, place etc. February is the second month of the year; She finished the race in second place.
2. additional or extra. a second house in the country.
3. lesser in importance, quality etc. She's a member of the school's second swimming team.
adverb
next after the first. He came second in the race.
noun
1. a second person, thing etc. You're the second to arrive.
2. a person who supports and helps a person who is fighting in a boxing match etc.
verb
to agree with (something said by a previous speaker), especially to do so formally. He proposed the motion and I seconded it.
ˈsecondary adjective
1. coming after, and at a more advanced level than, primary. secondary education.
2. lesser in importance. a matter of secondary importance.
nounplural ˈsecondaries
a secondary school.
ˈseconder noun
a person who seconds.
ˈsecondly adverb
in the second place. I have two reasons for not buying the house – firstly, it's too big, and secondly it's too far from town.
secondary colours
colours got by mixing primary colours. Orange and purple are secondary colours.
secondary school
a school where subjects are taught at a more advanced level than at primary school.
ˌsecond-ˈbest noun, adjective
next after the best; not the best. She wore her second-best hat; I want your best work – your second-best is not good enough.
ˌsecond-ˈclass adjective
1. of or in the class next after or below the first; not of the very best quality. a second-class restaurant; He gained a second-class honours degree in French.
2. (for) travelling in a part of a train etc that is not as comfortable or luxurious as some other part. a second-class passenger; His ticket is second-class; (also adverb) I'll be travelling second-class.
ˌsecond-ˈhand adjective
previously used by someone else. second-hand clothes.
second lieutenant
a person of the rank below lieutenant. Second Lieutenant Jones.
ˌsecond-ˈrate adjective
inferior. The play was pretty second-rate.
second sight
the power of seeing into the future or into other mysteries. They asked a woman with second sight where the dead body was.
second thoughts
a change of opinion, decision etc. I'm having second thoughts about selling the piano.
at second hand
through or from another person. I heard the news at second hand.
come off second best
to be the loser in a struggle. That cat always comes off second best in a fight.
every second week/month etc
(on or during) alternate weeks, months etc. He comes in every second day.
second to none
better than every other of the same type. As a portrait painter, he is second to none.

second-rate

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