ty·​po | \ ˈtī-(ˌ)pō How to pronounce typo (audio) \
plural typos

Definition of typo

: an error (as of spelling) in typed or typeset material

Examples of typo in a Sentence

I spotted three typos on the menu.

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The typo is also sprinkled around in the state of Massachusetts’ government website. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "Worcester Is Reviving, but People Still Can’t Spell It (Forget the Pronunciation)," 19 Dec. 2018 This group features…nobody like that, to the point that their most prodigious run producer, Khris Davis, might at first glance look like a typo for his near-namesake in Baltimore, Chris Davis. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "The Most 2018 Team in Baseball: the A’s," 14 Aug. 2018 Ken likes to use Comic Sans font and, more often than not, his signs include a typo or grammatical error. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "Cheated-on spouse wonders whether to stay or go," 6 Nov. 2018 Fiddling with the passport in an old typewriter and avoiding typos while spelling long names was not easy. Vogue, "Inside Frieze London With Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis," 9 Oct. 2018 The time a guy broke up with me in a text with a typo. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "'The Bachelor' Premiere's Most Cringe-Inducing References to Colton’s Virginity, Ranked," 7 Jan. 2019 The message was apparently deleted about an hour later to fix the typo, and the tweet was later reposted with Brooksbank’s correct name. D. Elizabeth, Glamour, "The Royal Family Twitter Account Messed Up Princess Eugenie's Fiancé's Name," 11 Oct. 2018 Does this typo-correction upgrade mean the game is officially worth $3? Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "A years-old, one-letter typo led to Aliens: Colonial Marines’ weird AI," 14 July 2018 His tweet Sunday morning was deleted and then re-published with a correction to a typo. Kate Sullivan, CNN, "Trump denies John Kelly's influence is diminished," 8 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of typo

1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for typo

short for typographical (error)

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The first known use of typo was in 1878

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English Language Learners Definition of typo

informal : a mistake (such as a misspelled word) in typed or printed text

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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