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[gahr-dn-vuh-rahy-i-tee] /ˈgɑr dn vəˌraɪ ɪ ti/
common, usual, or ordinary; unexceptional.
Origin of garden-variety
First recorded in 1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • As a garden variety for its season, it can hardly be surpassed.

    The Peaches of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • They're considerably like the common or garden variety of dog.

    West Wind Drift George Barr McCutcheon
  • The fruit itself is quite as good as the garden variety, for cultivation has added little to the native virtues of the raspberry.

  • Thus Jack became again for a while the common or garden variety of school-boy, and he enjoyed the change.

    Acton's Feud Frederick Swainson
  • This is an escape from cultivation—a garden variety (laciniata) known as the Cut-leaved or Parsley-leaved Elder.

  • It is a field rather than a garden variety; though the green pods are tender and well flavored.

  • As a garden variety, it is of little value, though the young pods are crisp and tender.

  • A flower of mystery, of wonderment to children, was the Evening Primrose; I knew the garden variety only with intimacy.

    Old-Time Gardens Alice Morse Earle
  • I am that garden variety, and it took the exercising of many heart interests to toughen my cardiac organ.

    The Golden Bird Maria Thompson Daviess
Slang definitions & phrases for garden variety



Of the usual kind; ordinary; run-of-the-mill (1928+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with garden variety

garden variety

Ordinary, common, as in I don't want anything special in a VCR—the garden variety will do. This term alludes to a common plant as opposed to a specially bred hybrid. [ ; 1920 ]
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