ty·​po | \ˈtī-(ˌ)pō \
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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Settling on just one of J.K. Rowling's Trump disses is tough, but her epic, laughing rant following one of the President's typos (your classic pour v. pore mixup) takes the cake in my book. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "17 Celebrities Who've Clapped Back at Donald Trump," 23 July 2018 For example, the system may track how many typos appear in a new ride request, or the angle at which the rider holds a phone when hailing an Uber. Rachel Siegel, latimes.com, "Uber wants a patent on tech to help guess if a rider is drunk," 12 June 2018 Whether a typo or a test or something else entirely, the posting—the single letter, denuded of context or explanation—ended up serving as the first public comment Rose made on Twitter since leaving his shows in disgrace. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Sympathy for the Charlie," 26 Apr. 2018 Let’s feast on some funnies: A tasty typo turned a U.S. Senate candidate’s name into that of a sandwich. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "A look at Seattle neighborhoods where crime is (and isn’t) up and finally some good news for homebuyers | Friday Morning Brief, July 6," 6 July 2018 Pharrell has since tweeted about the album -- with a typo, but still -- and responded to an excited fan. Gab Ginsberg, Billboard, "Everything We Know About Ariana Grande's New Album 'Sweetener'," 2 May 2018 That’s part of a text message (including typos) sent to a friend in July 2017 by a young woman, then 21, with whom police say ex-Farmington town council member Jon Landry had a secret extramarital affair for years. Jon Lender, courant.com, "State Police Probe Domestic Violence Claim Against Landry By Young Woman In Secret Affair," 13 July 2018 There's no proof that Twitter typos and grammar errors help that. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Do Trump’s Twitter typos and grammar errors actually endear him to his base?," 22 May 2018 Keep an eye out for bad grammar or any typos in ads. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Good Morning America' Host Lara Spencer Warns Fans of Popular Scam Using Her Name," 10 July 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

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

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