Definitions for hand-me-down

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a used item passed along for further use by another, esp. an article of clothing.

    Category: Clothing

  2. (adj.)passed along for further use by another.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hand-me-down(adj)

    outgrown garment passed down from one person to another

  2. hand-me-down, hand-down(adj)

    passed on from one person to another

    "not too proud to wear hand-me-down clothes"


  1. hand-me-down(Noun)

    An item that is passed along for someone else to use; especially, a piece of clothing or other item which has been outgrown by a older sibling and passed down to a younger one.

  2. hand-me-down(Adjective)

    Used or second-hand, passed along by its prior user


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