stereotyped

adjective

ste·​reo·​typed ˈster-ē-ə-ˌtīpt How to pronounce stereotyped (audio)
ˈstir-
1
a
: conforming to a fixed or general pattern or type
Infection causes a stereotyped physiological response in vertebrates characterized by fever and depression of plasma iron and zinc concentrations.Science
b
: conforming to or characteristic of a stereotype of a simplified or prejudiced nature
… sports that allow women participants to remain true to the stereotyped expectations of femininity (such as being graceful and nonaggressive) and that provide for beauty and aesthetic pleasure.Nathalie Koivula
also : lacking originality or individuality
It was primarily a comedy of intrigue based on a few stereotyped situations and primary emotions: love, jealousy, honor, vengeance. John A. Crow
2
medical : characterized by frequent repetition of the same, typically purposeless movement, gesture, posture, or vocal sound or utterance : marked by stereotypy
Motor tics, which are repetitive, involuntary stereotyped movements, most often involve the mouth, face, head, or neck muscles …Thomas M. Hyde et al.
Autism's hallmarks are a delay in language development, an inability to relate to other people and stereotyped or rigid behavior.Erica Goode
Choose the Right Synonym for stereotyped

trite, hackneyed, stereotyped, threadbare mean lacking the freshness that evokes attention or interest.

trite applies to a once effective phrase or idea spoiled from long familiarity.

"you win some, you lose some" is a trite expression

hackneyed stresses being worn out by overuse so as to become dull and meaningless.

all of the metaphors and images in the poem are hackneyed

stereotyped implies falling invariably into the same pattern or form.

views of minorities that are stereotyped and out-of-date

threadbare applies to what has been used until its possibilities of interest have been totally exhausted.

a mystery novel with a threadbare plot

Example Sentences

the wacky neighbor and other stereotyped characters seen on TV sitcoms
Recent Examples on the Web Those who had the strongest need for structure also made the most stereotyped judgements. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 7 Apr. 2011 In this era when statues are erected to George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and a Staten Island street is named after Eric Garner, Sidney Poitier’s accomplishment as Hollywood’s first great non-stereotyped black movie star seems underappreciated. Armond White, National Review, 23 Nov. 2022 Around the same time, several members of Anchorage’s Mexican American community, including the Chicano Interservice Association, complained that three books on Mexico in local elementary libraries presented stereotyped images of Mexico. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Sep. 2022 Unfortunately, post 9/11, many Arab founders were forced to fight for notoriety outside of the stereotyped Hollywood tropes. Soulaima Gourani, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 West Side Story itself has long been criticized by some members of the Puerto Rican community for its stereotyped depiction of the Sharks, and that’s something Spielberg and Kushner have talked about trying to address with this version. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, 9 Dec. 2021 These conditions led them to become stereotyped as industrious and servile, which affected how employers treated them. NBC News, 4 Oct. 2021 All that fire and horror and angst feel stereotyped in their own right. Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2021 But notice how the actual phototransduction event itself is very stereotyped. Gabriel A. Silva, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of stereotyped was in 1829

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Cite this Entry

“Stereotyped.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stereotyped. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

stereotyped

adjective
ste·​reo·​typed
ˈster-ē-ə-ˌtīpt,
ˈstir-
: following a pattern : lacking originality
stereotyped characters in the book

Medical Definition

stereotyped

adjective
ste·​reo·​typed ˈster-ē-ə-ˌtīpt How to pronounce stereotyped (audio)
ˈstir-
1
: conforming to a fixed or general pattern or type
Infection causes a stereotyped physiological response in vertebrates characterized by fever and depression of plasma iron and zinc concentrations.Science
2
: characterized by frequent repetition of the same, typically purposeless movement, gesture, posture, or vocal sound or utterance : marked by stereotypy
Motor tics, which are repetitive, involuntary stereotyped movements, most often involve the mouth, face, head, or neck muscles. Thomas M. Hyde et al.
Autism's hallmarks are a delay in language development, an inability to relate to other people and stereotyped or rigid behavior.Erica Goode

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