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[tahyp-kast, -kahst] /ˈtaɪpˌkæst, -ˌkɑst/ Printing.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), type-cast, type-casting.
to cast (type).
(of text to be printed) having the type already cast.
Origin of type-cast
Related forms
type-caster, noun


[tahyp-kast, -kahst] /ˈtaɪpˌkæst, -ˌkɑst/
verb (used with object), typecast, typecasting. Theater
to cast (a performer) in a role that requires characteristics of physique, manner, personality, etc., similar to those possessed by the performer.
to cast (a performer) repeatedly in a kind of role closely patterned after that of the actor's previous successes.
to stereotype:
He realizes now he's been typecast as an executive errand boy.
1930-35; type + cast Unabridged
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Examples from the web for typecast
  • Having typecast her as a firecracker, one feels all the more the poignancy of her coming home from the hospital a month or so ago.
  • If he were not, it would be easy to typecast him as a lefty tree-hugger.
  • For the first two decades of his film career, he was typecast as a tough guy in a succession of supporting roles.
  • He was an excellent villain and became typecast in that role.
  • Journalists are often typecast as square-jawed heroes or self-loving dilettantes.
  • There are some clubs that may typecast you for the rest of your high or middle school years.
  • We didn't want to be typecast or seem to be exploiting the success of our earlier film.
  • Though typecast as too high-minded for an art form that puts a premium on swagger, there's nothing soft about these rhymes.
British Dictionary definitions for typecast


verb -casts, -casting, -cast
(transitive) to cast (an actor) in the same kind of role continually, esp because of his physical appearance or previous success in such roles
Derived Forms
typecaster, noun
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Word Origin and History for typecast

also type-cast, with reference to actors, 1946 (adj. and v.), perhaps a deliberate pun on the verbal phrase in the print type founding sense (attested from 1847). See type (n.) + cast (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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