- common, usual, or ordinary; unexceptional.
Origin of garden-variety
First recorded in 1925–30
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Related Words for garden varietyunremarkable, conventional, normal, simple, plain, humble, generic, common, mediocre, dull, workaday, ordinary, regular, moderate, mundane, humdrum, drab, banal, everyday, middling
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. [Colloquial; 1920]
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