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

transitive verb

: to cast (an actor or actress) in a part calling for the same characteristics as those possessed by the performer
: 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 Sheehan has been typecast, with his tacit approval. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, 4 Sep. 2023 Yet the controversy had the effect of typecasting Gurba as the impudent indie writer willing to torch the publishing industry to make a point about diversity. Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 28 Aug. 2023 In this business, there is always typecasting, and once The Wire became a cult sensation, Reddick was never going to lack for work in this particular area. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 17 Mar. 2023 Though often typecast as a mere Thanksgiving pie ingredient, pecans are more than deserving of a spot in your pantry (or freezer) all year long. Christina Manian, Rdn, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 June 2023 While many typecast this juicy seasonal favorite as a special treat to indulge in after spending the day out in the sun, watermelon is actually full of nutrition. Christina Manian, Rdn, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 July 2023 They were often typecast, slotted in as planners or into operations roles. Meg Pollaro, SPIN, 28 June 2023 The former Neighbours star, who recently moved back to Melbourne after seven years in Los Angeles, says she's often been typecast or faced immense competition at auditions, because usually only one brown woman can get the gig. Alicia Vrajlal, refinery29.com, 21 June 2023 They’re often typecast as transplants who still root for old hometown teams. Ken Belson, New York Times, 9 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of typecast was in 1927

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“Typecast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/typecast. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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