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 views of minorities that are stereotyped and out-of-date threadbare applies to what has been used until its possibilities of interest have been totally exhausted.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
Recent Examples on the Web Jews had been stereotyped for centuries across Europe as devious and untrustworthy. Jeffrey Fleishman, chicagotribune.com, "Trump’s Jewish comments play on anti-Semitism in culture, film and art," 22 Aug. 2019 Golden Thread’s annual festival celebrates its 20th anniversary of presenting short plays inspired by or imported from the Middle East with seven plays that circumvent, defy or toy with stereotyped narratives. SFChronicle.com, "‘Hansel and Gretel’ coming to opera houses," 5 Nov. 2019 Though these are common symptoms of OCD, the disorder goes well beyond what most of us are familiar with from stereotyped depictions in popular culture. Elizabeth King, Allure, "Everything You Should Know About OCD," 15 Oct. 2019 The findings, Vitale said, show that cats, stereotyped as distant loners, have gotten a bad rap. oregonlive, "Your cat probably loves you, Oregon State study says," 24 Sep. 2019 Jews had been stereotyped for centuries across Europe as devious and untrustworthy. Jeffrey Fleishman, chicagotribune.com, "Trump’s Jewish comments play on anti-Semitism in culture, film and art," 22 Aug. 2019 Jews had been stereotyped for centuries across Europe as devious and untrustworthy. Jeffrey Fleishman, chicagotribune.com, "Trump’s Jewish comments play on anti-Semitism in culture, film and art," 22 Aug. 2019 Jews had been stereotyped for centuries across Europe as devious and untrustworthy. Jeffrey Fleishman, chicagotribune.com, "Trump’s Jewish comments play on anti-Semitism in culture, film and art," 22 Aug. 2019 There’s not a hint of overly stereotyped rivalry or cattiness, just unflinching loyalty in the face of a cruel world. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "EW talks YA: Why these two extraordinary teen tales deserve your attention," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of stereotyped

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Stereotyped.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stereotyped. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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