typ·​ist | \ ˈtī-pist How to pronounce typist (audio) \

Definition of typist

: a person who types especially as a job

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Recent Examples on the Web The wardrobe of a city that once was, filling skyscraper boardrooms and ballrooms, typist pools and art collectives, and may never be again. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Marc Jacobs and the Monumental Dream of New York," 13 Feb. 2020 Linda Labadini, a police department clerk typist, is honored for her 32-year-and-counting commitment to the Boston Police Department and the East Boston community. BostonGlobe.com, "The other eight recipients, all city employees, are being honored with the Shattuck Public Service Award. The award recognizes those with dedicated public service to the community.," 6 Oct. 2019 There’s a shorthand typist taking seconds over minutes. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Waxing Lyrical," 17 Feb. 2020 Additionally, instead of dumping text onto the screen normally, AI Dungeon renders it with an agonizingly slow left-to-right scroll, at a roughly similar speed to a competent typist. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "The machines are whispering: We tested AI Dungeon 2 and cannot stop laughing," 20 Jan. 2020 The big drop-off in office and administrative support jobs likely reflects technology's displacement of workers such as secretaries, administrative assistants, bank tellers and typists, Stein said. Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's job market has shifted since Great Recession," 2 Dec. 2019 His mother retired as a clerk typist at the Massapequa Water District. New York Times, "Steven Mazzola, Jeffrey Akman," 13 Oct. 2019 There were other portable keyboards on the market, but [Olodort] realized that touch typists were sensitive to keyboards. Los Angeles Times, "Bob Olodort, the inventor of the label printer and portable keyboard, dies," 23 July 2019 Mobile typists who use auto-correct are faster than those who use word-prediction tools, according to a study that looked at 37,000 volunteers tested by researchers at Finland's Aalto University, the University of Cambridge and ETH Zürich. Anchorage Daily News, "Smartphones are changing the way we type," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of typist

1885, in the meaning defined above

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“Typist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/typist. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of typist

: a person who uses a typewriter or a computer keyboard
: a person who works in an office and whose main job is typing letters, memos, etc.


typ·​ist | \ ˈtī-pist How to pronounce typist (audio) \

Kids Definition of typist

: a person who uses a typewriter

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