Definition of secondhand speech in English:

secondhand speech

Syllabification: sec·ond·hand speech


  • Conversation on a cellular phone that is overheard by people nearby: I was alternately amused and annoyed by the secondhand speech in the waiting room
    More example sentences
    • My favorite description of a growing annoyance is secondhand speech, ''the cellphone equivalent of secondhand smoke.''

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