a person who operates a typewriter.

Origin of typist

1835–45 for earlier sense “typesetter”; 1880–85 for current sense; type + -ist
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Related Words for typist

assistant, clerk, receptionist, typist

Examples from the Web for typist

Contemporary Examples of typist

Historical Examples of typist

  • I asked if she was a shop assistant, and with a toss of her head she told me she was a typist.

  • I got a post as typist in a city office and I drifted to Shamrock House.

    To Love

    Margaret Peterson

  • That she was a high-bred lady his own senses had told him, whether she were a typist or no!

  • The typist looked down at them, and she couldnt help laughing.

    Bliss, and Other Stories

    Katherine Mansfield

  • Challis knew he could rely on the accuracy of this typist, at a pinch.

    It Never Can Happen Again

    William De Morgan

British Dictionary definitions for typist



a person who types, esp for a living
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Word Origin and History for typist

1843, from type (n.) + -ist.

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