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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 ?
The mere fact of having published a book of second-rate sonnets makes a man quite irresistible.
Danglars," said Monte Cristo; "I see I was deceived, and that you belong to the class of second-rate fortunes.
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.
But I can fancy that if an artist produced a work of art in England that immediately on its appearance was recognised by the public, through their medium, which is the public press, as a work that was quite intelligible and highly moral, he would begin to seriously question whether in its creation he had really been himself at all, and consequently whether the work was not quite unworthy of him, and either of a thoroughly second-rate order, or of no artistic value whatsoever.
Suppose A and B are reading the same second-rate circulating-library novel.
A second-rate man wouldn't have taken things to heart as he has done.
I write you from the bosom of a Parisian menage--from the depths of a second-rate boarding-house.
Still, still, one goes on, the ticking seconds seemed to assure him, with dignity, with open eyes, with determination not to accept the second-rate, not to be tempted by the unworthy, not to yield, not to compromise.
It's a pity to be intimate with people who are--well, rather second-rate, like the Dalloways, and to find it out later.
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.
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 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.