American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Previously used by another; not new.
- adj. Dealing in previously used merchandise.
- adj. Obtained, derived, or borrowed from another; not original.
- adv. In an indirect manner; indirectly.
- adj. of goods not new; previously owned and used by another
- adj. of a dealer dealing in such merchandise
- adv. indirectly
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not original or primary; received from another.
- adj. Not new; already or previously possessed or used by another.
- adv. by indirect means
- adj. derived from what is primary or original; not firsthand
- adj. previously used or owned by another
“From the article, “In one case in Ohio, a judge who ordered a mother not to smoke near her 8-year-old daughter cited medical journals and a Google search that lists 60,000-plus links for “secondhand smoke” and 30,000-plus links for ’secondhand smoke children.’””
“The Heat Index The NBA teams that are seeing the biggest increase in secondhand-market ticket-sale prices when accounting for Miami Heat games.”
“The only team that doesn't have at least a 10% boost in secondhand prices for Heat games is the Sacramento Kings, whose seats go up 9%.”
“Studies have shown that toxins in secondhand smoke can cause lung and nasal cancer in dogs and malignant lymphoma in cats.”
“I never saw Anthony Howell perform again, but his passable poetry washes up in secondhand bookshops and he appears to have made a sideways move into tango.”
“I got it secondhand from a neighbor and I have had to do (and have done) a lot of replacement parts.”
“A clothing snob who is found dead in secondhand crap outfits would be an indicator that something was truly off-kilter.”
“London 30 years ago: I accompanied my then boss there to meet a dealer in secondhand mainframe computer systems and peripherals.”
“On the way back to Canada, my flight was delayed for three hours because the aftermarket hydraulic pipe (probably purchased secondhand from the Chinese) of our Iran Air 747 was leaking fluid and had to be repaired.”
“For speeches on poverty, it was time for more compassionate-conservative fervor, drawn secondhand from the addresses of Robert F. Kennedy.”
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