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1. Previously used by another; not new.
2. Dealing in previously used merchandise.
3. Obtained, derived, or borrowed from another; not original.
In an indirect manner; indirectly.

sec•ond hand

(ˈsɛk ənd ˌhænd for 1; ˈsɛk ənd ˈhænd for 2,3 )
the hand that indicates the seconds on a clock or watch.
at second hand, through an intermediate source: news heard at second hand.
[1425–75 for definition 3; 1750–60 for definition 1]


(ˈsɛk əndˈhænd)

1. not directly known or experienced: secondhand knowledge.
2. previously used or owned: secondhand clothes.
3. dealing in previously used goods: a secondhand bookseller.
4. after another user or owner: He bought it secondhand.
5. indirectly; at second hand: heard the news secondhand.
sec′ond•hand′ed•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.secondhand - derived from what is primary or original; not firsthand; "a secondhand report"; "a secondhand account of a memory of something once read"; "most of our knowledge is secondhand"
secondary - being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate; "the stone will be hauled to a secondary crusher"; "a secondary source"; "a secondary issue"; "secondary streams"
2.secondhand - previously used or owned by anothersecondhand - previously used or owned by another; "bought a secondhand (or used) car"
old - of long duration; not new; "old tradition"; "old house"; "old wine"; "old country"; "old friendships"; "old money"
Adv.1.secondhand - by indirect means; "I heard about it only secondhand or thirdhand"; "he prefers to buy secondhand"
References in classic literature ?
Sakes alive, it's 'mos' enough to buy a tol'able good secondhand nigger wid.
With some of the money he had earned, he bought himself a secondhand volume that had a few pages missing, and with that he learned to read in a very short time.
They could get bedding at a secondhand store, she explained; and they would not need any, while the weather was so hot-- doubtless they would all sleep on the sidewalk such nights as this, as did nearly all of her guests.
Present on the table, one scanty pot of tea, one scanty loaf, two scanty pats of butter, two scanty rashers of bacon, two pitiful eggs, and an abundance of handsome china bought a secondhand bargain.
If we wear second-hand clothes, lace up second-hand shoes, drive second-hand cars, and possibly in the near future also eat secondhand food, how do we prevent being called "second-hand citizens" of the world?
Secondhand smoke has forced a cancer survivor to sue her neighbors and the management of her condo in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
The Secondhand smoke is Poison campaign, led by Fresh and supported by a Newcastle University expert, is warning that smoking in the home exposes not just smokers but children and adults to harmful levels of toxic chemicals, which creep from room to room and can linger for up to five hours.
The threat of secondhand smoke remains high in the country because of local officials' inaction and passiveness, according to the Framework Convention Alliance on Tobacco Control-Philippines (FCAP).
The finding from a study by University of Maryland researchers and other studies reinforce that secondhand smoke is bad, there's no safe level of exposure and that even brief exposure can have immediate adverse impact on your health.
Secondhand marijuana smoke may cause longer-lasting heart damage than secondhand tobacco smoke, according to a study published in July in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
With that in mind, the CVS Health Foundation announced it has awarded a new grant to the American Academy of Pediatrics to help improve counseling by all pediatric health care providers on the subject of tobacco and exposure to secondhand smoke.
Starting from July first this year, Macedonia will be able to import secondhand vehicles complying with the Euro IV standards.