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Meaning & Definition of Secondhand in English

English

Secondhand

/sɛkəndhænd/

adjective

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • secondhand

2. Previously used or owned by another

  • "Bought a secondhand (or used) car"
    synonym:
  • secondhand
  • ,
  • used

adverb

1. By indirect means

  • "I heard about it only secondhand or thirdhand"
  • "He prefers to buy secondhand"
    synonym:
  • secondhand

Examples of using

I will never buy clothes secondhand.