[tahyp-kast, -kahst]
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verb (used with object), type·cast, type·cast·ing. Theater.
  1. to cast (a performer) in a role that requires characteristics of physique, manner, personality, etc., similar to those possessed by the performer.
  2. to cast (a performer) repeatedly in a kind of role closely patterned after that of the actor's previous successes.
  3. to stereotype: He realizes now he's been typecast as an executive errand boy.

Origin of typecast

First recorded in 1930–35; type + cast


[tahyp-kast, -kahst]Printing.
verb (used with or without object), type-cast, type-cast·ing.
  1. to cast (type).
  1. (of text to be printed) having the type already cast.

Origin of type-cast

First recorded in 1875–80
Related formstype-cast·er, noun
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verb -casts, -casting or -cast
  1. (tr) to cast (an actor) in the same kind of role continually, esp because of his physical appearance or previous success in such roles
Derived Formstypecaster, noun
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Word Origin and History for typecast

also type-cast, with reference to actors, 1946 (adj. and v.), perhaps a deliberate pun on the verbal phrase in the print type founding sense (attested from 1847). See type (n.) + cast (v.).

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