Definition of shop-bought in English:



  • (especially of an item of food) bought in a shop as opposed to being home-made.

    ‘shop-bought pasta sauces’
    • ‘It is possible to cheat, too, since shop-bought custard is so much better than it used to be.’
    • ‘As sandwiches should be quick and easy, I use shop-bought chocolate spread.’
    • ‘I don't have shop-bought jelly in the house because it contains so many additives and colouring.’
    • ‘Out came coffee and tea, and shop-bought mince pies with the tin foil still attached.’
    • ‘While most people fly shop-bought plastic kites, many still elect to build their own.’