Definition of typical in English:

typical

adjective

  • 1Having the distinctive qualities of a particular type of person or thing.

    ‘a typical day’
    ‘a typical example of 1930s art deco’
    ‘typical symptoms’
    • ‘Debt experts have claimed she is a typical example of people who have been caught out by the boom in easy credit.’
    • ‘One recent government decision is a typical example of ideological nonsense.’
    • ‘He has quality, is a typical modern player and has great technical ability.’
    • ‘Your spurious example of a woman with friends in Switzerland is a typical example of muddying the waters.’
    • ‘The situation in Hull is a typical example of why the Government announced earlier this week a major crackdown on truancy.’
    • ‘What is remarkable about those four, pretty typical examples is that they were all spoken in one day in late April.’
    • ‘In case you are not a regular browser of the business section of your local bookstore, let me describe a typical example of the genre.’
    • ‘So what we have is just a typical example of a publisher claiming credit for something he had nothing to do with.’
    • ‘Other typical symptoms include muscle pain and aching on minimal exercise, as well as mood and sleep disturbance.’
    • ‘Symptoms have ranged from conjunctivitis to typical flu-like symptoms.’
    • ‘Since he did not develop the typical symptoms, he thought the test might have been a false positive.’
    • ‘So it is important to be attentive to typical symptoms such as sudden dizziness or headaches.’
    • ‘This is a typical example of arthritic degeneration of the lower cervical, mid thoracic and the lumbar regions of the spine.’
    • ‘Eliecer and his family are an example of a typical Columbian coffee family.’
    • ‘The symptoms of bird flu in people vary from typical flu symptoms to eye infections and pneumonia.’
    • ‘It is a typical example of the absurdly piecemeal nature of road planning in Britain since the dawn of the mass motoring area.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, this is hardly a typical example of the quality available in pubs.’
    • ‘The most typical examples were the realignment of candidacy lists in Kowloon East and Kowloon West.’
    • ‘The diagnosis of MI was based on typical clinical symptoms, ECG changes and enzyme elevations.’
    • ‘The development of industrial zones is a typical example of how the the national resources have been misused.’
    representative, classic, quintessential, archetypal, model, prototypical, stereotypical
    normal, average, ordinary, standard, regular, routine, run-of-the-mill, stock, orthodox, conventional, predictable, unsurprising, unremarkable, unexceptional
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    1. 1.1Characteristic of a particular person or thing.
      ‘he brushed the incident aside with typical good humor’
      • ‘In his typical ad hominem fashion, Jarvis attacks Levy for being a white male.’
      • ‘The organisation of this festival of fun in the middle of winter is typical of the resilient people of Blackball.’
      • ‘Victor's son Philip said his father showed typical modesty when accepting the award.’
      • ‘The sociodemographic characteristics were typical of patients seen at this hospital.’
      • ‘That would be typical of the politically correct party that he represents.’
      • ‘I was, however, expecting your typical romantic chick flick with a happy ending.’
      • ‘The Senators' last game, in all too typical fashion, had ended in a loss.’
      • ‘It was cold as hell out, which is typical for Minnesota in January.’
      • ‘While that sounds like typical movie fare, remember whom the actor is that plays Pete.’
      • ‘Connor goes into battle armed with some cool weaponry, which is pretty typical sci-fi fare.’
      • ‘On the floor of the wreck are the usual bits of debris, typical of the general litter found around a boiler-room.’
      • ‘The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is pretty typical comedy fare, mainly focusing on the front soundstage.’
      • ‘EMC may well have offered sweet deals to the few affected customers but that type of behavior is typical of a large vendor.’
      • ‘So typical of these yokels to make such a tasteless error of judgment.’
      • ‘In typical Top Model form, the answer to this is to badger and bully the girl to toeing the line.’
      • ‘His character is formed by a sense of honour and duty typical of the baroque hero.’
      • ‘Her rose-colored view of the Castro regime is typical of a particular social milieu.’
      • ‘We both stood up, and in his most typical fashion, Major Lee gave me a hearty salute.’
      • ‘The Topography of Terror catalogue is typical of the well-paid neglect seen in the memorial as a whole.’
      • ‘This variation in the supposed identity of principal characters is typical of mythology.’
    2. 1.2informal Showing the characteristics expected of or popularly associated with a particular person, situation, or thing.
      ‘“Typical woman!” John said disapprovingly’
      • ‘That's typical of Irish folks' ability to turn a plain sentence or phrase into poetry, song or satire.’
      • ‘Not what you would expect of chips from your typical Chinese outlet.’
      • ‘Typical of the breed was Sawyer, who spent four years at Strathclyde in the 1980s.’
      • ‘He spoke in an unfeasibly low voice, with the lyrical and laconic speech so typical of the Jamaicans.’
      • ‘You may already have several ideas about typical British food, but the most popular dish in Britain is curry!’
      • ‘In typical British tradition, the stands around the ground are uncovered and at the mercy of the sun.’
    3. 1.3Representative as a symbol; symbolic.
      ‘the pit is typical of hell’
      • ‘The typical model of the family is the nuclear family consisting of two parents and their children.’
      • ‘Our headcount has more than trebled since; and the typical Indian can now expect to live twice as long.’
      • ‘The typical soldier of Victorian popular fiction and poetry, Tommy Atkins, had yet to be invented by Kipling.’
      • ‘It expects the typical customer to have an income of half the national average.’
      • ‘The company is looking for products which will be popular with the typical European housewife rather than tourists.’
      • ‘Our typical farmer cooperative today is built upon a model that uses debt to finance itself.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from medieval Latin typicalis, via Latin from Greek tupikos, from tupos (see type).

Pronunciation:

typical

/ˈtipik(ə)l/