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  1. of the nature of or serving as a type or representative specimen.
  2. conforming to a particular type.
  3. Biology. exemplifying most nearly the essential characteristics of a higher group in natural history, and forming the type: the typical genus of a family.
  4. characteristic or distinctive: He has the mannerisms typical of his class.
  5. pertaining to, of the nature of, or serving as a type or emblem; symbolic.
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Sometimes typ·ic.

Origin of typical

1605–15; < Medieval Latin typicālis, equivalent to Late Latin typic(us) (< Greek typikós, equivalent to týp(os) type + -ikos -ic) + Latin -ālis -al1
Related formstyp·i·cal·ly, adverbtyp·i·cal·ness, typ·i·cal·i·ty, nounnon·typ·i·cal, adjectivenon·typ·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·typ·i·cal·ness, nounqua·si-typ·i·cal, adjectivequa·si-typ·i·cal·ly, adverbun·typ·i·cal, adjectiveun·typ·i·cal·ly, adverb

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Related Words for untypical

abnormal, bizarre, odd, strange, uncommon, unusual

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Historical Examples of untypical

  • It is true that he was as untypical as Poe of the average citizen of "these states."

    The American Spirit in Literature,

    Bliss Perry

  • It would be absurd to dismiss it as an excrescence, and untypical of the American mind.

    A Book of Prefaces

    H. L. Mencken

  • That is why his press is so untypical; it gives the impression that he does waste breath.

  • Sssuri had been cool enough to note that while the human hunter had been only bewildered by the untypical actions of his quarry.

    Star Born

    Andre Norton

  • The presence of masturbation in this case renders it untypical as a case of exhibitionism.

British Dictionary definitions for untypical


  1. not representative or characteristic of a particular type, person, etc
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  1. being or serving as a representative example of a particular type; characteristicthe painting is a typical Rembrandt
  2. considered to be an example of some undesirable traitthat is typical of you!
  3. of or relating to a representative specimen or type
  4. conforming to a type
  5. biology having most of the characteristics of a particular taxonomic groupa typical species of a genus
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Also (poetic): typic
Derived Formstypically, adverbtypicalness or typicality, noun

Word Origin for typical

C17: from Medieval Latin typicālis, from Late Latin typicus figurative, from Greek tupikos, from tupos type
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Word Origin and History for untypical



c.1600, "symbolic, emblematic," from Medieval Latin typicalis "symbolic," from Late Latin typicus "of or pertaining to a type," from Greek typikos, from typos "impression" (see type (n.)). Sense of "characteristic" is first recorded 1850. Related: Typically.

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