Definition of hand-me-down in English:


Syllabification: hand-me-down


(often hand-me-downs)
A garment or other item that has been passed on from another person.
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  • One boy is tanned and shiny from the water, but most of the rest have gangly, pale, mottled bodies; they are wearing baggy underwear or ill-fitting hand-me-downs.
  • I had a couple more shirts now - hand-me-downs from Ray and Johnny - but I still had the same four pairs of basketball shorts.
  • While the others were given new clothes and shoes, she was dressed in ill-fitting hand-me-downs and old shoes.
secondhand, used, handed-down, passed-on, castoff, worn, old, pre-owned, thrift-store/thrift-shop
informal preloved


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(Of a garment or other item) passed on from another person: he ran in the cold with no mittens and a hand-me-down coat

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