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
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

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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 views of minorities that are stereotyped and out-of-date threadbare applies to what has been used until its possibilities of interest have been totally exhausted.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 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 But Brazilians longed for a more nuanced, less stereotyped portrait. Los Angeles Times, 13 Aug. 2021 Much of Ginsburg’s legal work before her career on the bench focused on dismantling legal classifications based on stereotyped assumptions about appropriate gender roles and women’s needs and abilities. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 10 Aug. 2021 In the original Asterix and Cleopatra, for example, black people (who are supposed to be Numidians) appear with stereotyped and exaggerated features. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, 16 June 2020 Santa Ana has long suffered a bad reputation across Southern California and beyond, stereotyped as too crime-ridden, too Latino, too poor. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2020 Instead of stereotyped as a nerd who spends all of his time with a controller in his hands, he is seen as an elite competitor. Dallas News, 7 May 2020

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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 22 Oct. 2021.

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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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