thirdhand

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

third +‎ hand

Adjective[edit]

thirdhand (comparative more thirdhand, superlative most thirdhand)

  1. Having been relayed by two intermediate sources.
    • 2008 April 2, The New York Times, “Talks May End Mugabe’s Rule in Zimbabwe”, New York Times:
      Harare, the capital, was abuzz on Tuesday with such so-called insider accounts, each one undoubtedly taking new plot twists as they went from secondhand to thirdhand and further on.
  2. Having had two previous owners.

Adverb[edit]

thirdhand (comparative more thirdhand, superlative most thirdhand)

  1. By two intermediates.