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

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 Dennis Coker, Pearland city attorney, called the incident an mistake and attributed it to a typo. Jaimy Jones, Houston Chronicle, "Pearland considers repeal of controversial annexations," 9 Mar. 2018 His typo created a hyperlink, and someone apparently bought that website and decided to make a bit of a joke. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Rudy Giuliani’s bizarre Twitter conspiracy theory, explained," 5 Dec. 2018 Keep an eye out for bad grammar or any typos in ads. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "'Today' Host Savannah Guthrie Warns Fans of Popular Scam Using Her Name," 11 Sep. 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 express emotion in a dramatic way

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