[awf-th uh-shelf, of-]
- readily available from merchandise in stock.
- made according to a standardized format; not developed for specialized or individual needs; ready-made: off-the-shelf computer programs.
Origin of off-the-shelf
First recorded in 1945–50
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for off-the-shelf
And the company says that most of the parts are off-the-shelf, not custom-built—which helps keep costs down.Start-Up Automaker Elio Builds Small, Cheap, Two-Seater Car
August 8, 2013
Off-the-shelf versions like the one Kate purchased go for £295—roughly $500.How Different Is Raising the Royal Baby From a Typical American Child?
Kevin Fallon, Lizzie Crocker
July 23, 2013
He knew where you could get plans for the robotics, and off-the-shelf motors and sensors.Makers
He looked nothing at all like the young men we see in the take-'em-off-the-shelf clothing ads.Fore!
Charles Emmett Van Loan
The robots were easy enough—just off-the-shelf stuff, really—but the costumes and kinematics routines were something else.Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom