- to cast (a performer) in a role that requires characteristics of physique, manner, personality, etc., similar to those possessed by the performer.
- to cast (a performer) repeatedly in a kind of role closely patterned after that of the actor's previous successes.
- to stereotype: He realizes now he's been typecast as an executive errand boy.
Origin of typecast
- to cast (type).
- (of text to be printed) having the type already cast.
Origin of type-cast
First recorded in 1875–80
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Examples from the Web for typecast
Silvio Berlusconi certainly knows how to typecast his potential constituency.The ‘Unbreakable’ Silvio Berlusconi
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So when someone breaks character, we're reminded that people (actually) are too complicated to typecast.Sandy Koufax 2.0
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With the Home Alone canon, Macaulay Culkin was typecast as a prankster from a young age.April Fool’s! Hollywood’s Biggest Pranks
April 1, 2012
But now our entertainers are so typecast, we force them to specialize.Gwyneth Paltrow Won't Stop Singing
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The Google-mad media have led the actor to be typecast as a creepy character, Malkovich tells Nicole LaPorte.Being John Malkovich
September 18, 2009
- (tr) to cast (an actor) in the same kind of role continually, esp because of his physical appearance or previous success in such roles
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Word Origin and History for typecast
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