stereotyped

adjective
ste·​reo·​typed | \ ˈster-ē-ə-ˌtīpt How to pronounce stereotyped (audio) , ˈstir-\

Definition of stereotyped

1a : 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
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

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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 views of minorities that are stereotyped and out-of-date threadbare applies to what has been used until its possibilities of interest have been totally exhausted.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

Examples of stereotyped in a Sentence

the wacky neighbor and other stereotyped characters seen on TV sitcoms

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In a scene from the film, the two enact a stereotyped version of homosexuality as a form of prison yard humor. Aja Romano, Vox, "Why the Kevin Hart Oscars backlash is different from other recent public shamings," 5 Jan. 2019 Raised in West Virginia, Sheldon was tentative about documenting addiction in a coal region that is more stereotyped than understood. Jeffrey Fleishman, latimes.com, "Documentary films explore the despair of America's heroin and opioid epidemic," 6 July 2018 For Canadians — who don’t totally reject their stereotyped image as self-effacing and nice — the eruption seemed completely at odds with their own national temperament. Washington Post, "Canada-US relations at a low after Trudeau-Trump trade tiff," 14 June 2018 Pitt’s Jimmy was the show’s least stereotyped character. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "The 10 best performances in TV dramas in 10 years," 19 Apr. 2018 Media: NowThis News For Canadians — who don’t totally reject their stereotyped image as self-effacing and nice — the eruption seemed completely at odds with their own national temperament. Rob Gillies And David Crary, Houston Chronicle, "Canada-US relations at a low after Trudeau-Trump trade tiff," 17 June 2018 For years, Asian women have been stereotyped as quiet, passive, and compliant. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "It's Time to Retire the 'Hairstreak Asian' Trope," 24 May 2018 That may be why platinum hair holds special significance among Asian women, who historically have been stereotyped as quiet and obedient. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "'Cool Blond Asians' Are Giving Me an Identity Crisis," 4 May 2018 Puerto Rican food and Southern food are both often stereotyped as unhealthy and relying heavily on fried dishes, but, as Diaz found, that’s a small part of a larger picture. Korsha Wilson, Bon Appetit, "'It’s Puerto Rican Because I Made it'," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of stereotyped

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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stereotyped

adjective
ste·​reo·​typed | \ ˈster-ē-ə-tīpt, ˈstir-\

Kids Definition of stereotyped

: following a pattern or stereotype : lacking originality The book had only stereotyped characters.

stereotyped

adjective
ste·​reo·​typed | \ ˈster-ē-ə-ˌtīpt How to pronounce stereotyped (audio) , ˈstir-\

Medical Definition of stereotyped

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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