noun, plural ty·pos. Informal.

Origin of typo

1890–95; shortened form; see -o


a combining form representing type in compound words: typography, typology.
Compare -type.


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Contemporary Examples of typo

  • One has to read Donoghue a few times to fill in the blanks, and there are many blanks; is “Pet” perhaps a typo for “Peter”?

  • Making matters worse, half of the 23 wards where the typo was made are majority African-American.

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Historical Examples of typo

British Dictionary definitions for typo


noun plural -pos

informal a typographical errorAlso called (Brit): literal



abbreviation for

variants of typ.
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Word Origin and History for typo

1816, short for typographer; 1892 as short for typographical error (see typography).

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