1. the hand that indicates the seconds on a clock or watch.
  2. an assistant or helper, as to a worker or foreman.


  1. at second hand, from or through an intermediate source or means; secondhand: She had the news at second hand.


  1. previously owned or used
  2. not from an original source or experience
  3. dealing in or selling goods that are not newa second-hand car dealer


  1. from a source of previously owned or used goodshe prefers to buy second-hand
  2. not directlyhe got the news second-hand


  1. a pointer on the face of a timepiece that indicates the secondsCompare hour hand, minute hand

adj.also secondhand, late 15c., from second (adj.) + hand (n.). see at second hand.

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