typ·​ist ˈtī-pist How to pronounce typist (audio)
: a person who types especially as a job

Examples of typist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This feature is essential for fast typists and gamers who play games that require accurate keystrokes and where multiple keys might be pressed simultaneously. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 Imagine if Stephen Hawking could communicate faster than a speed typist or auctioneer. Charlie Fink, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 The results at Wildcat were similar to those nationwide: six of the 26 trainees drop out in the first few weeks and others drop out over time, so that only about a third complete and go on to additional training or jobs—as private security guards, clerk typists, offices aides, cashiers. Michael Bernick, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 But perhaps the greatest tribute to the uses and abuses of critical myopia comes from Gina James, Pauline Kael’s daughter (and assistant, driver, typist). Parul Sehgal, The New Yorker, 4 Dec. 2023 Enthusiasts will covet its typing feel, but even the most utilitarian typist will appreciate its strong wireless feature-set. Chris Coke, Popular Mechanics, 8 Sep. 2023 For pure typing, 65-percent keyboards offer the best balance maximum efficiency for expert typists. Chris Coke, Popular Mechanics, 8 Sep. 2023 His father ran an association for executives, and his mother was a typist and later a homemaker. Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2023 Eleven hours and 35 minutes later, the 31-year-old typist jogged across the finish line in Durban, more than 50 miles away. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of typist was in 1885

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“Typist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/typist. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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typ·​ist ˈtī-pəst How to pronounce typist (audio)
: a person who types especially as a job

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