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third-rate Syllabification: third-rate
Pronunciation: /THərd rāt/

Definition of third-rate in English:


Of inferior or very poor quality.
Example sentences
  • I don't think I could write anything substantial about a third-rate painter, or a fourth-rate composer.
  • I am so angry at this appalling, second or third-rate service being provided to non-private patients.
  • It's perhaps the ultimate confirmation of what an insecure, pathetic third-rate talent Williams is that he not only feels the need to put one over on his opponent, but that he tells people about it.
substandard, bad, inferior, poor, poor-quality, low-grade, inadequate, unsatisfactory, unacceptable, not up to snuff, not up to scratch;
informal lousy, rotten, godawful, bum, crummy, crappy, low-rent


Example sentences
  • The cast was generally slated as being some third-raters.
  • I don't befriend second-raters or third-raters.
  • He fought steadily and compiled an undefeated record against mostly third-raters.
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