type·​cast | \ ˈtīp-ˌkast How to pronounce typecast (audio) \
typecast; typecasting

Definition of typecast

transitive verb

1 : to cast (an actor or actress) in a part calling for the same characteristics as those possessed by the performer
2 : to cast (an actor or actress) repeatedly in the same type of role

Examples of typecast in a Sentence

Her television work typecast her as a helpless victim.
Recent Examples on the Web But those effects evaporated when her team turned their lens to mutts with retriever ancestry, who are harder to typecast by appearance alone. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 28 Apr. 2022 White Claw's ads feature mixed groups of men and women, and its unofficial ads — all those viral memes and social media posts created by people like comedian Trevor Wallace — typecast both women and men. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 July 2021 This accessory says a lot, loudly and proudly, and can immediately typecast the wearer into a certain category. Camille Sauers, Chron, 25 June 2021 Far less examined is how Griffith’s earliest works also helped give American filmmakers a language with which to typecast Mexicans. Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2021 Green, often typecast as witches and femmes fatales, here takes on a too-rare leading role devoid of any such fantastical trappings and emerges with one of the strongest performances of her career. Justin Chang Film Critic, Los Angeles Times, 5 Nov. 2020 But despite her accomplishments, men in the film and television industries still tried to typecast her. Claire Thornton, USA TODAY, 27 Aug. 2020 The house long has been typecast as a den of iniquity, a fantasy hideout for rappers like Snoop Dogg and G-Eazy in their music videos or pornographer Jackie Treehorn in The Big Lebowski. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Mar. 2020 True, he was typecast ― as a driver ― but Bernie Martin clearly left his mark on the creative community. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, 11 Dec. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of typecast

1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 May 2022

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“Typecast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/typecast. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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