Definition of Type A in US English:

Type A


  • A personality type characterized by ambition, high energy, and competitiveness, and thought to be susceptible to stress and heart disease.

    • ‘In the old terminology we used to call these people the Type A personality.’
    • ‘This finding suggests that the speed and impatience component of the Type A behavior pattern might be related more strongly to cognitive failures.’
    • ‘Individuals with a Type A personality and professional athletes - who constantly push themselves and desire to compete and achieve perfection - are more likely to develop the condition than others are, notes Ribblett.’
    • ‘This was back in the eighties when the Type A personality's relationship to heart attack was first being bandied about.’
    • ‘Closer supervision may be needed for students with high competitiveness and Type A personalities.’