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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

typical

/ˈtɪpɪk(ə)l//ˈtipik(ə)l/