Definitions

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

  • adjective Of third quality or value, especially of less quality or value than second-rate.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of the third rate or order. For the specific naval use, see rate, n., 8.
  • Hence Of a distinctly inferior rank, grade, or quality: as, a third-rate hotel; a third-rate actor.

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

  • noun military, nautical, historical a sailing warship that can be described with the adjective "third-rate"
  • adjective of lesser value or quality than second-rate
  • adjective military, nautical, historical describing a British ship-of-the-line with 64 to 80 guns divided onto two gun decks.

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

  • adjective of lesser quality than second-rate

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Examples

  • The guy she’s going to couldn’t even be called third-rate.

    As Husbands Go

  • The guy she’s going to couldn’t even be called third-rate.

    As Husbands Go

  • Rick went on to a third-rate medical school in the Caribbean when none of the U.S. schools would have him, and Carl turned into a sadistic U.S. Marshall.

    The First Apartment: A Rite of Passage

  • The accusations of dirty tricks and sabotaging of political enemies at the Nixon White House that culminates in a "third-rate burglary" at the Watergate Hotel.

    Barry Toll

  • They dismissed him as "a third-rate Western lawyer" and an "illiterate partisan" compared with heavyweights like New York's William Seward and Ohio's Salmon P. Chase.

    Fight, Vote, Fight

  • Was I doomed to a life of misery, having cheap sex in third-rate motels and cars?

    Show Stoppah

  • Which is essentially a way of saying that from here on out New York State is going to be just another third-rate state, offering poor services, mediocre schools, and a continually collapsing infrastructure.

    Lance Mannion:

  • Nobody cares about Jango Fett because he's just a third-rate Boba.

    Why the Star Wars Prequels Are Actually Good (Part 1)

  • Which is essentially a way of saying that from here on out New York State is going to be just another third-rate state, offering poor services, mediocre schools, and a continually collapsing infrastructure.

    Its still the economy, stupids!

  • You think Spielberg would only have a rattletrap third-rate spaceship like the Millennium Falcon to ensure his survival?

    Does George Lucas think the world will end in 2012?

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