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

Definition of typist

: a person who types especially as a job

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His wife at the time, Caroline Conran, the home editor of Queen magazine, hired Ms. Hogg as a typist. New York Times, "Min Hogg, World of Interiors Editor, Dies at 80," 28 June 2019 For years it was printed on a mimeograph machine, and her typist was Everybody Loves Raymond’s Doris Roberts. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Ruth Finley, Keeper of New York Fashion Week’s Pink-Sheeted Calendar, Has Died," 27 Aug. 2018 Not only that, the speech-recognition engine made fewer errors than the typists. David Pierce, WSJ, "The QWERTY Days Are Almost Over," 30 Sep. 2018 Like Edward Dolman at Christie's, Ruprecht was a lifer who had ascended from the bottom of the auction house (in his case, a summer job as a typist). Vicky Ward, Town & Country, "Buyer's Remorse: Inside the Art World's Billion-Dollar Rivalry," 4 Mar. 2015 Some seemed to think the museum piece was the typist, not the typewriter. James Barron, New York Times, "Typing a Novel About Vassar, Word for Word, as Art," 29 Apr. 2018 According to a news release from the county, Smith worked for the clerk's office from November 1984 to February 2012, holding numerous positions from typist clerk to computer maintenance clerk to judicial court clerk. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Macomb judges name long-time employee Kathy Smith interim county clerk," 7 May 2018 His father ran a men’s clothing store, his mother worked as a typist. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "David Goldblatt, penetrating photographer of South Africa under apartheid, dies at 87," 26 June 2018 Cherry Reds also don't make much sound, which may bother typists who are used to at least some clickety-clack even with rubber-domed keyboards. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Corsair's compact K63 mechanical keyboard is made for gamers and only $60 today," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of typist

1885, in the meaning defined above

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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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