Ready-made things are standardized and bought right off the shelf, rather than being specially made. You might have to hem your ready-made curtains, but they're cheaper than having custom curtains sewn.

Ready-made clothes are the ones you buy in stores or online that come in standard sizes. Custom, tailor-made, or bespoke clothing is the exact opposite — they're constructed to perfectly fit your body. Ready-made food is store-bought, and made commercially, not homemade. You can also use this adjective to describe something that's so quick and automatic it's become a cliche, like a politician's thoughtless, ready-made response to a reporter's question.

Definitions of ready-made

adj made for purchase and immediate use

produced by a manufacturing process
off-the-peg, off-the-rack, off-the-shelf, ready-to-wear
(especially of clothing) made in standard sizes and available from merchandise in stock
manufactured in standard sizes to be shipped and assembled elsewhere
food products that are prepared in advance and can be eaten as sold
custom, custom-made
made according to the specifications of an individual
bespoke, bespoken, made-to-order, tailor-made, tailored
(of clothing) custom-made
custom-built, made-to-order
built for a particular individual
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adj commercially produced; not homemade

ready-made clothes”
produced in quantity at a factory

adj repeated regularly without thought or originality

ready-made phrases”
not original; not being or productive of something fresh and unusual

n a manufactured artifact (as a garment or piece of furniture) that is made in advance and available for purchase

“their apartment was furnished with ready-mades
custom-built, custom-made
an item made to the customer's specifications
Type of:
artefact, artifact
a man-made object taken as a whole

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