Anything that's secondhand has been used before. Your secondhand boots may look brand new, but they were owned by someone else before you bought them.

Things that aren't new are secondhand, so you might buy a secondhand car from your grandma or shop at a secondhand clothing store to get good deals. You can also use this adjective to mean "not from an original or primary source." If your sister tells you that her best friend told her that he saw a famous movie star at the coffee shop, that's secondhand information.

Definitions of secondhand
  1. adjective
    previously used or owned by another
    “bought a secondhand (or used) car”
    synonyms: used
    of long duration; not new
  2. adjective
    derived from what is primary or original; not firsthand
    “a secondhand report”
    “a secondhand account of a memory of something once read”
    “most of our knowledge is secondhand
    being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate
  3. adverb
    by indirect means
    “I heard about it only secondhand or thirdhand”
    “he prefers to buy secondhand
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