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[tahy-pist] /ˈtaɪ pɪst/
a person who operates a typewriter.
Origin of typist
1835-45 for earlier sense “typesetter”; 1880-85 for current sense; type + -ist Unabridged
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  • Her education made it likely that she would be a typist more efficient than the average, and her story made her claims appealing.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
  • I asked if she was a shop assistant, and with a toss of her head she told me she was a typist.

  • I got a post as typist in a city office and I drifted to Shamrock House.

    To Love Margaret Peterson
  • The young man got up at once and left the room, followed by the typist.

    The Golden Web Anthony Partridge
  • "Put up yer camery, typist" says Flannagan, getting hold of his diplomacy.

    The Belted Seas Arthur Colton
  • "You need be a typist no longer unless you choose," he said.

    The Golden Web Anthony Partridge
  • When you gave them to the typist—do you know what happened to those notes?

    Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for typist


a person who types, esp for a living
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for typist

1843, from type (n.) + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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