[ tahyp-kast, -kahst ]
/ ˈtaɪpˌkæst, -ˌkɑst /

verb (used with object), type·cast, type·cast·ing. Theater.

to cast (a performer) in a role that requires characteristics of physique, manner, personality, etc., similar to those possessed by the performer.
to cast (a performer) repeatedly in a kind of role closely patterned after that of the actor's previous successes.
to stereotype: He realizes now he's been typecast as an executive errand boy.

Origin of typecast

First recorded in 1930–35; type + cast

Definition for typecast (2 of 2)

[ tahyp-kast, -kahst ]
/ ˈtaɪpˌkæst, -ˌkɑst /

verb (used with or without object), type-cast, type-cast·ing.

to cast (type).


(of text to be printed) having the type already cast.

Origin of type-cast

First recorded in 1875–80


type-cast·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for typecast

/ (ˈtaɪpˌkɑːst) /

verb -casts, -casting or -cast

(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 forms of typecast

typecaster, noun
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