[ster-ee-uh-tahy-pee, steer-]
  1. the stereotype process.
  2. 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

Historical Examples of 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.

  • More akin to the tics is stereotypy of written language, so common an appanage of mental disease.

British Dictionary definitions for stereotypy


  1. the act or process of making stereotype printing plates
  2. a tendency to think or act in rigid, repetitive, and often meaningless patterns
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stereotypy in Medicine


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