[ 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

Words Nearby stereotypy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use stereotypy in a sentence

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

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

    Benign Stupors | August Hoch
  • Grazia Deledda was displaying stereotypy and Zuccoli reploughed the familiar acre.

    Idling in Italy | Joseph Collins
  • It indicates a tendency to mental  stereotypy, so frequently encountered in testing the feeble-minded.

    The Measurement of Intelligence | Lewis Madison Terman

British Dictionary definitions for stereotypy


/ (ˈstɛrɪəˌtaɪpɪ, ˈstɪər-) /

  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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