[ UK /sˈɛkəndhˌænd/ ]
[ US /ˈsɛkəndˌhænd/ ]
  1. previously used or owned by another
    bought a secondhand (or used) car
  2. derived from what is primary or original; not firsthand
    most of our knowledge is secondhand
    a secondhand account of a memory of something once read
    a secondhand report
  1. by indirect means
    I heard about it only secondhand or thirdhand
    he prefers to buy secondhand
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How To Use secondhand In A Sentence

  • Once you have a theme in mind, take a moment to inventory the decorative objects you already have around your house, then hit secondhand stores to complete the look you've chosen.
  • But what of the secondhand and antiquarian bookshops? Times, Sunday Times
  • With demand continuing to exceed supply, good secondhand family homes in mature suburban locations remain at a premium in the capital.
  • She had made my wedding dress and sewn sequins onto a secondhand hat.
  • They cost nine pounds new, three pounds secondhand.
  • In all this, the great precursor is the strongly drawn King Dahfu in Henderson the Rain King, who makes splendid use of his secondhand English when addressing his massive and worried American guest as follows: The Great Assimilator
  • I have recently obtained secondhand copies of the books in question and they turn out to be very presentable indeed.
  • If forehead and eyebrow bend ministry are contused to want to note the eyesight case of seasonable self-check eye, preliminary judgement has injure secondhand without optic nerve.
  • You almost became addicted to him somehow," Ms. Burton said later, recalling drafty mornings in Hoxton Square (she, in a coat, sitting on a too-low stool at the secondhand cutting table, post-gazette.com - News
  • What if “secondhand,” “used” or “preowned” signified an attractive, desirable option for everyone, rather than a poverty-driven necessity? THE STORY OF STUFF
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