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Noun: second best  se-kund best
  1. The competitor who finishes second
    - runner-up
Adjective: second-best  se-kund best
  1. Next to the best
    "his second-best bed"
Adverb: second-best  se-kund best
  1. In second place
    "he came off second-best"

See also: best

Type of: challenger, competition, competitor, contender, rival

Encyclopedia: Second best