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Origin of off-the-shelf
Words nearby off-the-shelf
Definition for off the shelf (2 of 2)
noun, plural shelves [shelvz] /ʃɛlvz/.
- a sandbank or submerged extent of rock in the sea or river.
- the bedrock underlying an alluvial deposit or the like.
- continental shelf.
Origin of shelf
OTHER WORDS FROM shelfshelf·like, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for off the shelf (1 of 2)
adjective (off-the-shelf when prenominal)
British Dictionary definitions for off the shelf (2 of 2)
noun plural shelves (ʃɛlvz)
Derived forms of shelfshelflike, adjective
Word Origin for shelf
Scientific definitions for off the shelf
Idioms and Phrases with off the shelf (1 of 2)
Ready-made, available from merchandise or in stock, as opposed to a special order. For example, Sometimes you can get a better discount by buying an appliance off the shelf. [First half of 1900s] Also see off the rack; on the shelf.
Idioms and Phrases with off the shelf (2 of 2)
see off the shelf; on the shelf.