Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of inferior or mediocre quality or value.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of the second rate, as to size, rank, quality, importance, or estimation: as, a second-rate ship; second-rate works; a second-rate actor.
  • noun Anything that is rated or classed as second.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of the second size, rank, quality, or value.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun military, nautical, historical a British ship-of-the-line sail warship that has 90 to 98 guns dispersed onto 3 gundecks.
  • adjective Of mediocre quality, not first class.

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

  • adjective moderate to inferior in quality

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Examples

  • Georgia did remember, however, that being labeled a woman artist in the twenties was synonymous with being called second-rate.

    Portrait of An Artist

  • Or will we saddle our kids with debt, second-rate jobs, impossible interest rates, and a falling standard of living?

    The Good Fight

  • Or will we saddle our kids with debt, second-rate jobs, impossible interest rates, and a falling standard of living?

    The Good Fight

  • Or will we saddle our kids with debt, second-rate jobs, impossible interest rates, and a falling standard of living?

    The Good Fight

  • "We can make culture and journalism into second-rate activities, and spend centuries remixing the detritus of the 1960s and other eras from before individual creativity went out of fashion," he complains.

    Maria Rodale: You Are Not a Gadget... Are You?

  • "We can make culture and journalism into second-rate activities, and spend centuries remixing the detritus of the 1960s and other eras from before individual creativity went out of fashion," he complains.

    Maria Rodale: You Are Not a Gadget... Are You?

  • "We can make culture and journalism into second-rate activities, and spend centuries remixing the detritus of the 1960s and other eras from before individual creativity went out of fashion," he complains.

    Maria Rodale: You Are Not a Gadget... Are You?

  • Some of the biggest housing market blow-ups came courtesy of second-rate lenders that sold the loans to other borrowers—with most of the riskiest stuff backed by the U.S. government.

    'Skin in the Game'

  • "We can make culture and journalism into second-rate activities, and spend centuries remixing the detritus of the 1960s and other eras from before individual creativity went out of fashion," he complains.

    Maria Rodale: You Are Not a Gadget... Are You?

  • "We can make culture and journalism into second-rate activities, and spend centuries remixing the detritus of the 1960s and other eras from before individual creativity went out of fashion," he complains.

    Maria Rodale: You Are Not a Gadget... Are You?

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