[ ster-ee-uh-tahy-pee, steer- ]
/ ˈstɛr i əˌtaɪ pi, ˈstɪər- /


the stereotype process.
Also called stereotyped behavior. Psychiatry. persistent mechanical repetition of speech or movement, sometimes occurring as a symptom of schizophrenia, autism, or other mental disorder.

Origin of stereotypy

First recorded in 1860–65; stereotype + -y3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stereotypy

  • Stereotypy and perseveration are other evidences of this narrowness of thought content.

    Benign Stupors|August Hoch
  • It indicates a tendency to mental  stereotypy, so frequently encountered in testing the feeble-minded.

    The Measurement of Intelligence|Lewis Madison Terman
  • More akin to the tics is stereotypy of written language, so common an appanage of mental disease.

British Dictionary definitions for stereotypy

/ (ˈstɛrɪəˌtaɪpɪ, ˈstɪər-) /


the act or process of making stereotype printing plates
a tendency to think or act in rigid, repetitive, and often meaningless patterns
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for stereotypy

[ stĕrē-ə-tī′pē ]


The maintenance of one attitude for a long period.
The constant repetition of certain meaningless gestures or movements.
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