What does second hand mean?

Definitions for second handˈsɛk ənd ˌhænd for 1 ; ˈsɛk ənd ˈhænd for 2,3

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word second hand.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. second hand(noun)

    an intermediate person; used in the phrase `at second hand'

    "he could learn at second hand from books"

  2. second hand(adverb)

    hand marking seconds on a timepiece

  3. second hand(adverb)

    from a source of previously owned goods

    "I prefer to buy second hand"


  1. second hand(Noun)

    On a clock or watch, the hand or pointer that shows the number of seconds that have passed.


  1. Second Hand

    Second Hand is an album by Mark Heard, released in 1991, on Heard's own Fingerprint Records. The album was listed at #4 in the book CCM Presents: The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music. At the 4th Annual Americana Music Association Honors & Awards at the Ryman Auditorium in September 2005, Buddy Miller received the Album of the Year Award for his Universal United House of Prayer, and the opening track of that album, a cover of Heard's "Worry Too Much", won the Song of the Year Award.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of second hand in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of second hand in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mark Twain:

    In religion and politics, people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second hand, and without examination.

  2. Cyril Connolly:

    A lazy person, whatever the talents with which he set out, will have condemned himself to second-hand thoughts and to second-rate friends.

  3. Ben Hecht:

    Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.

  4. Chief Executive Eric Trappier:

    There is strong pressure on prices across the whole (Falcon) range, this price war comes not only from the (new) market but also second-hand planes.

  5. Willie Walsh:

    We have options on A380s ... but we are not going to exercise them because they are too expensive, we see the option of leasing them second hand as an attractive opportunity.

Images & Illustrations of second hand

  1. second handsecond handsecond hand

Translations for second hand

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for second hand »


Find a translation for the second hand definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these second hand definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"second hand." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 19 Feb. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/second hand>.

Are we missing a good definition for second hand? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for second hand:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.