American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Already made, prepared, or available: ready-made clothes.
- adj. Handy or expedient, especially because of familiarity, frequent use, or preplanning: a raft of ready-made excuses.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Previously made and now ready for use; furnished or obtained in a formed state; specifically, in trade, made ready for chance sale, and not made to order for a particular person: as. ready-made clothing; ready-made opinions or excuses.
- Pertaining to articles prepared beforehand: as, the ready-made department of a tailor's or shoemaker's business.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Made already, or beforehand, in anticipation of need; not made to order
- n. a manufactured artifact (as a garment or piece of furniture) that is made in advance and available for purchase
- adj. repeated regularly without thought or originality
- adj. commercially produced; not homemade
- adj. made for purchase and immediate use
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