Definitions

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

  • adjective Acquired from or through two intermediate sources.
  • adjective Previously used by two other owners.
  • adjective Dealing in merchandise previously used by two other owners.

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  • adjective Having been relayed by two intermediate sources.
  • adjective Having had two previous owners.
  • adverb By two intermediates.

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

  • adjective derived from what is primary or original by two intermediate steps
  • adverb by doubly indirect means

Etymologies

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third +‎ hand

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.

    ABC News: Top Stories

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • (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.

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  • 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

  • (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 --

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

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  • 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

  • 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

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  • Still looking for the person with three hands who started all this nonsense.

    January 25, 2016

  • Another example of why I love you, b.

    January 25, 2016