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[gahr-dn-vuh-rahy-i-tee] /ˈgɑr dn vəˌraɪ ɪ ti/
common, usual, or ordinary; unexceptional.
Origin of garden-variety
1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for garden-variety
  • There was the usual outbreak of garden-variety seasonal influenza but not of the new strain.
  • Many were beans-not garden-variety ones, but trees of the same family, similar to modern mimosas.
  • Rather, he argues that it probably wouldn't work as well as garden-variety smallpox.
  • The experiment also crucially raised our awareness of the threats posed by designer bugs and garden-variety pathogens alike.
  • But the garden-variety alcoholism is not being treated at all.
  • Whether or not automated computing tools overtake the more garden-variety helpers, though, the new center's role should be key.
  • It has the same charter as every garden-variety third-world dictatorship:The leaders make up the laws to suit themselves.
  • And the trajectory begins with garden-variety corn ethanol.
  • garden-variety depressives aren't the only ones getting a boost from happy pills.
  • Even garden-variety vaccines are problematic right now.
Slang definitions & phrases for garden-variety



Of the usual kind; ordinary; run-of-the-mill (1928+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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