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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

مِنَ الدَرَجَةِ الثانِيَة podřadný andenrangs zweitrangig δευτεροκλασάτος mediocre huono médiocre drugorazredan di second’ordine 二流の 2등급의 tweederangs middelmådig drugorzędny de segunda categoria второсортный andra klassens ชั้นรอง ikinci kalite loại thường 次级的
References in classic literature ?
Danglars," said Monte Cristo; "I see I was deceived, and that you belong to the class of second-rate fortunes.
The journey was only to Brooklyn, where he was duly delivered to a second-rate theatre, Wilton Davis being so indifferent a second-rate animal man that he could never succeed in getting time with the big circuits.
The third stormy cape of the world, which is the Leeuwin, receives generally its full name, as if to console its second-rate dignity.
I write you from the bosom of a Parisian menage--from the depths of a second-rate boarding-house.
Belgium distinguished herself among the second-rate states by a grant of 513,000 francs-- about two centimes per head of her population.
Lively descriptions of his adventures in travelling, amusing anecdotes of remarkable people whom he had met with abroad, quaint comparisons between the social customs of various nations, illustrated by examples drawn from men and women indiscriminately all over Europe, humorous confessions of the innocent follies of his own early life, when he ruled the fashions of a second-rate Italian town, and wrote preposterous romances on the French model for a second-rate Italian newspaper--all flowed in succession so easily and so gaily from his lips, and all addressed our various curiosities and various interests so directly and so delicately, that Laura and I listened to him with as much attention and, inconsistent as it may seem, with as much admiration also, as Madame Fosco herself.
The picture was sent home; the nobleman or gentleman (almost always an amiable and a hospitable man) would ask the artist to his house and introduce him to the distinguished individuals who frequented it; but would never admit his picture, on terms of equality, into the society even of the second-rate Old Masters.
At the best, they were only second-rate gods, and he could not forget the great white-gods such as Skipper and Mister Haggin, and, of the same breed, Derby and Bob.
Poor humanity was satisfied with second-rate and third-rate accommodation.
for my mother, good woman though she is, has a way of paying great attention to second-rate people, and of neglecting others who are in reality much better men.
It's a pity to be intimate with people who are--well, rather second-rate, like the Dalloways, and to find it out later.
Throughout the fifteenth century the leading poets (of prose we will speak later) were avowed imitators of Chaucer, and therefore at best only second-rate writers.