View synonyms for garden-variety


[ gahr-dn-vuh-rahy-i-tee ]


  1. common, usual, or ordinary; unexceptional.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of garden-variety1

First recorded in 1925–30

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Idioms and Phrases

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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Example Sentences

That might only be garden variety hypocrisy were it not for the fact that you actually could make a difference.

Others suffer a nasty twist of fate that balloons their garden-variety misbehavior into a superscandal.

He loves the retail aspects of politics and relates well to garden-variety voters.

Kerry, like so many of his Senate brethren, is your garden-variety bore.

Forget your garden-variety tale of congressmen frequenting working girls.

I do not mean to imply that stories of the stork and cabbage-garden variety are to be altogether excluded.

I am that garden variety, and it took the exercising of many heart interests to toughen my cardiac organ.

It was plain the kitten had never known anything of home or a fireside and was simply of the humble garden variety of cat.

Such points gave him an air of distinction, and marked him out as quite different from the common or garden variety of cats.

It somewhat resembles the Yellow Malta, and is a good garden variety.


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