Definition of garden-variety in US English:



North American
  • attributive Of the usual or ordinary type; commonplace.

    ‘they are your everyday, garden-variety Americans’
    • ‘He became famous in the late 60's and early 70's as a leader of the American Indian Movement, which was a garden-variety leftist organization of that era.’
    • ‘I bleached the purple stripes out of my bangs and became a garden-variety L' Oreal girl.’
    • ‘I pulled into a nearby car wash and told the attendant to fill it with Super Unleaded and to give me the plain, garden-variety, no-frills, no Spraywax or ArmorAll wash.’
    • ‘Federal investigations of members of congress are always a sensitive matter, even when the allegations involve garden-variety criminality.’
    • ‘Considering that an armed sitting duck was better off than the plain old garden-variety sitting duck, he parlayed a Ruger.30 Blackhawk to add to his utility belt.’
    • ‘This is a garden-variety malapropism, substituting compulsion for the similar-sounding word compunction, though the meanings are radically different.’
    • ‘Your garden-variety member of the corporate world is well-rehearsed at this game, but I, frankly, am not.’
    • ‘What we're seeing in the '00s is a garden-variety spending spree.’
    • ‘This is a splendid collection of totem poles, though scattered among them are a few common garden-variety gravestones.’
    • ‘These last three paragraphs will get you by the usual, garden-variety botany mid-term.’
    • ‘But this room, located in an office complex in Santa Monica, California, nowhere near the beach, is no benign, garden-variety data center.’
    • ‘Whether apoptosis turns out to be a feature of garden-variety human emphysema awaits much further study, but these initial observations are provocative.’
    • ‘Combine the lack of medical supervision with the mind-set of the garden-variety steroid user, and you have a potentially perilous situation.’
    • ‘He fires back with a few choice expletives and some more unimaginative garden-variety trash talk.’
    • ‘If I had to pick the most common source of frustration for skeptics, I'd have to choose plain old garden-variety ignorance.’
    • ‘The freshly made dumplings costing NT $50 per bowl are as far removed in both appearance and flavor from the common, or garden-variety, as is possible.’
    • ‘An ordinary, garden-variety flu bug can kill thousands of people in a year, especially young children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems like cancer patients or organ donor recipients.’
    • ‘Anti Vampire Club membership ranges from pirates to hermitic recluses to your common garden-variety psychopath.’
    • ‘This wasn't just your garden-variety assignment, and my students gleaned quite a bit about shape, form, color, sensation of texture, and sculpture principles.’
    • ‘It merely retrieves information associated with a person, address, or vehicle, like any garden-variety database query.’
    commonplace, ordinary, run-of-the-mill, middle-of-the-road, mainstream, unremarkable, unexceptional, undistinguished, uninspired, unexciting, unmemorable, forgettable, indifferent, average, so-so, mediocre, pedestrian, prosaic, lacklustre, dull, bland, uninteresting, mundane, everyday, quotidian, humdrum, hackneyed, trite, banal, clichéd, predictable, overused, overdone, overworked, stale, worn out, time-worn, tired, unoriginal, derivative
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