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 True, he was typecast ― as a driver ― but Bernie Martin clearly left his mark on the creative community. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "Martin Scorsese dedicates ‘The Irishman’ to a friend from Towson," 11 Dec. 2019 John is still into Bulgaria and piano-playing, has survived a nasty fall from a horse, and resents having been typecast as a Tory toff. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, "“63 Up” and the Child in All of Us," 27 Nov. 2019 Yet the item has steadfastly refused to be typecast. Ephrat Livni, Quartzy, "The woke shopper’s one-item Zen gift guide," 23 Nov. 2019 But Zima was typecast as a girly drink, with all the virility of a white wine cooler. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Hard seltzer is this summer’s biggest scam," 20 Aug. 2019 The projects pay roughly $10,000 for about a month’s work every year or so, and often give Ms. Micucci the chance to extend her range after years of being typecast as the quirky sidekick. Noam Scheiber, New York Times, "Is Peak TV Really a Bonanza for Female Comics? That’s a Laugh," 25 July 2019 Moreno’s early career was defined by disappointment, since she was always being typecast in generically ethnic roles. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Why Rita Moreno Almost Quit Show Business," 28 June 2019 Democrats have made a strategic decision to typecast Mr. Trump and anyone who supports him as hostile to immigration and therefore racist, in the expectation that some voters will recoil. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Beyond MAGA Hats," 23 Jan. 2019 Brosnan doesn't want his painting to be typecast, and so his art is all over the place. Drew Magary, GQ, "Pierce Brosnan Has Found Beauty and Inspiration During Our Helltimes," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of typecast

1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of typecast was in 1927

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20 Dec 2019

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“Typecast.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/typecast. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of typecast

: to always give (an actor or actress) the same kind of role : to cause people to think that (an actor or actress) should always play the same kind of role

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