Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Acquired from or through two intermediate sources: a thirdhand report.
  • adj. Previously used by two other owners.
  • adj. Dealing in merchandise previously used by two other owners.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having been relayed by two intermediate sources.
  • adj. Having had two previous owners.
  • adv. By two intermediates.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. derived from what is primary or original by two intermediate steps
  • adv. by doubly indirect means

Etymologies

third +‎ hand (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The heavily redacted text, however, refers to thirdhand information from a source who claimed Monroe's ex-husband, baseball great Joe DiMaggio, offered $25,000 in 1965 for a film that someone else claimed showed Monroe having sex.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • (Bloomberg) - Tobacco smoke contamination lingering on furniture, clothes and other surfaces, dubbed thirdhand smoke, may react with indoor air chemicals to form potential cancer-causing substances, a study found.

    BusinessWeek.com --

  • And although recent studies have raised the possibility that another source of tobacco exposure known as thirdhand smoke, which involves physical tobacco residue that may remain on the clothing and hair of smokers, could be contributing to the higher cotinine levels among these children, Wilson says that exposure is also unlikely to explain the entire amount recorded in the subjects of her study.

    TIME.com: Top Stories

  • Winickoff JF, et al. Beliefs about the health effects of "thirdhand" smoke and home smoking bans.

    All MayoClinic.com Topics

  • All day, I heard stories like this, first-, second- and thirdhand, about the fears and uncertainty that HB 56 has generated--not just among adults but among children, and many of them U.S. citizen children at that.

    Maribel Hastings: HB 56: American Kids Pay The Price

  • Here, books – first, second- and thirdhand – line the walls, and floors, stacked in no particular order, with shelves on the patio outside the front door.

    Woody Allen's Paris

  • Here, books â" first, second- and thirdhand â" line the walls, and floors, stacked in no particular order, with shelves on the patio outside the front door.

    Woody Allen's Paris

  • But it is likely the Rosenbergs were only given the death penalty because the secrets they passed on—primitive thirdhand versions of secrets—were atomic.

    How the End Begins

  • You hear about fantastic networking opportunities second - or thirdhand.

    Riding In Style

  • Currently prisoners can be held at Guantanamo based solely on secondhand or even thirdhand reports of their hostile activity, and they don't have the right to challenge the government's informants in court.

    Judges Urge Congress to Act on Indefinite Terrorism Detentions

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