third-rate


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third-rate

(thûrd′rāt′)
adj.
Of third quality or value, especially of less quality or value than second-rate.

third-rate

adj
not of high quality; mediocre or inferior
ˈthird-ˈrater n

third′-rate′



adj.
1. of the third rate, quality, or class.
2. distinctly inferior.
[1640–50]
third′-rat′er, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.third-rate - of lesser quality than second-rate
inferior - of low or inferior quality

third-rate

adjective mediocre, bad, inferior, indifferent, poor, duff (Brit. informal), shoddy, poor-quality, low-grade, no great shakes (informal), chickenshit (U.S. slang), not much cop (informal), cheap-jack, half-pie (N.Z. informal), of a sort or of sorts, ropey or ropy (Brit. informal) a third-rate movie
Translations

third-rate

[ˌθɜːdˈreɪt] ADJ (pej) → de tercera

third-rate

[ˌθɜːdˈreɪt] adj(di qualità) scadente, di terz'ordine

third

(θəːd) noun
1. one of three equal parts.
2. (also adjective) the last of three (people, things etc); the next after the second.
adverb
in the third position. John came first in the race, and I came third.
ˈthirdly adverb
in the third place. Firstly, I haven't enough money; secondly, I'm too old; and thirdly it's raining.
ˌthird-ˈclass adjective, adverb
of or in the class next after or below the second.
third degree
a severe method of questioning people, sometimes using torture etc. The police gave him the third degree.
third party
a third person who is not directly involved in an action, contract etc. Was there a third party present when you and she agreed to the sale?
ˌthird-ˈrate adjective
of very bad quality. a third-rate performance.
the Third World
the developing countries, those not part of or aligned with the two main powers. the needs of the Third World.
References in classic literature ?
Diable," said Monte Cristo compassionately, "it is a hard blow for a third-rate fortune.
There was something strangely incongruous in this Oriental figure framed in the commonplace door-way of a third-rate suburban dwelling-house.
In poor Maggie's highly-strung, hungry nature,--just come away from a third-rate schoolroom, with all its jarring sounds and petty round of tasks,--these apparently trivial causes had the effect of rousing and exalting her imagination in a way that was mysterious to herself.
Poor humanity was satisfied with second-rate and third-rate accommodation.
He trampled over all the young bucks of his father's circle, and was the hero among those third-rate men.
Well, on the 29th of August he sold his colored coachman--said he didn't need a coachman for a sulky-- wouldn't be room enough for two in it anyway--and, besides, it wasn't every day that Providence sent a man a fool who was willing to pay nine hundred dollars for such a third-rate negro as that--been wanting to get rid of the creature for years, but didn't like to THROW him away.
Supposing you're never anything more than third-rate, do you think it will have been worth while to give up everything?
The reading world is very susceptible of such-lunacies, and all that can be said is that at a given time it was time for criticism to go mad over a poet who was neither better nor worse than many another third-rate poet apotheosized before and since.
I wasn't shoutin' things out to anybody, but I just made myself into a committee of welcome; an', when the train pulled in, there I was, extendin' the glad hand of the burg--likewise the glad hand of a guy you used to know in Oakland once, a third-rate dub prizefighter by the name of--lemme see--yep, I got it right--Big Bill Roberts was the name he used to sport, but now he's known as William Roberts, E.
Surely," answered Allan readily; for he was no third-rate songster that must be asked again and again, but said "yes" or "no" at the first bidding; so, taking up his harp, he ran his fingers lightly over the sweetly sounding strings, and all was hushed about the cloth.
It was a tawdry affair, all Cupids and cornucopias, like a third-rate wedding-cake.
The young lady, however, is also very intimate with some third-rate Italians, with whom she rackets about in a way that makes much talk.