1. Handed down to one person after being used and discarded by another.
2. Of inferior quality; shabby.
Something, such as an article of clothing, that is passed on from one person to another.
A garment or other item that has been passed on from another person.
‘they received hand-me-downs and toys from relatives and friends’
as modifier ‘hand-me-down furniture’
noun BrE /ˈhænd miː daʊn/; NAmE /ˈhænd miː daʊn/
[usually plural](especially North American English)
= cast off
She hated having to wear her sister's hand-me-downs.
Word forms: plural hand-me-downs
1. countable noun [usually plural]
Hand-me-downs are things, especially clothes, which have been used by someone else before you and which have been given to you for your use.
Edward wore Andrew's hand-me-downs.
2. adjective [ADJECTIVE noun] Hand-me-down is used to describe things, especially clothes, which have been used by someone else before you and which have been given to you for your use.
Most of the boys wore hand-me-down military shirts from their fathers.
...hand-me-down tennis rackets.
Synonyms: cast-off, used, second-hand, worn
ˈhand-me-down noun [countable]
a piece of clothing which has been used by someone and then given to another person
She refused to wear hand-me-downs.
Examples from the Corpus
hand-me-down• I always had to wear my sister's hand-me-downs.
uk /ˈhænd.mɪˌdaʊn/ us /ˈhænd.mɪˌdaʊn/
a piece of clothing that someone has given to a younger person because they no longer want it:
I got fed up with having to wear my sister's hand-me-downs.