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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 ?
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.
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.
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.
Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD) today has taken historic action to protect our nation's most vulnerable children and families from harmful secondhand smoke by proposing to make the nation's public housing properties entirely smoke-free.
In a victory for public health's long battle against the dangers of smoking, new data finds that secondhand smoke exposure among nonsmokers has dropped by more than half.
LAHORE -- Prices of secondhand warm clothes were observed high in "Lunda Bazaars" (flea markets) with a change in weather here on Sunday.
To make sure that your children are safe from the dangers of secondhand smoke, don't smoke indoors, take it right outside when you have a cigarette.
Washington, March 8 ( ANI ): Exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke may be more dangerous than previously thought, a new research has warned.
Adults who are exposed to secondhand smoke have higher rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Secondhand smoke is accountable for 42,000 deaths annually to nonsmokers in the United States, including nearly 900 infants, according to a new UCSF study.
The non-smokers were those who were regularly exposed to secondhand smoke and those who were not.