Definition of second-rate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈˌsekən(d) ˈˌrāt/


Of mediocre or inferior quality: a second-rate theater
More example sentences
  • Now I don't have to drag myself to the second-rate theater where this film is playing in Madison.
  • That means challenging Scots to better themselves instead of meekly accepting shoddy and second-rate services.
  • I don't want to write anything shoddy or second-rate just because it will get on.
inferior, substandard, low-quality, below par, bad, poor, deficient, defective, faulty, imperfect, shoddy, chintzy, inadequate, insufficient, unacceptable
informal crummy, not up to scratch/snuff, rinky-dink, low-rent





Pronunciation: /ˈˌsekən(d) ˈˌrādər/
Example sentences
  • Wouldn't it be a lot more reassuring, for most of us, to believe that second-raters can make it, at least once in a while?
  • Keating is a duplicitous second-rater who never has an original idea and consequently enjoys much success.
  • So if we think we're running against a second-rater without gravitas, we're dead wrong.

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Syllabification: sec·ond-rate

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