Definition of typical adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtɪpɪkl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɪpɪkl//
    Architectural styles
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  1. 1  having the usual qualities or features of a particular type of person, thing or group synonym representative a typical Italian cafe This is a typical example of Roman pottery. typical of somebody/something This meal is typical of local cookery. typical for somebody/something The weather at the moment is not typical for July. opposite atypical See related entries: Architectural styles
  2. 2  happening in the usual way; showing what something is usually like synonym normal A typical working day for me begins at 7.30. On a typical day, we receive about 50 letters. Typical interview questions are ‘Why do you want to study law?’ or ‘Why did you choose this college?’ opposite untypical
  3. 3  typical (of somebody/something) (often disapproving) behaving in the way that you expect It was typical of her to forget. He spoke with typical enthusiasm. (informal) She's late again—typical!
  4. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from medieval Latin typicalis, via Latin from Greek tupikos, from tupos ‘impression, figure, type’, from tuptein ‘to strike’.Extra examples East Anglia is by no means typical of rural Britain. Julia is fairly typical of her age group. That’s altogether typical of Tom! They’re going to be late? Now, isn’t that just typical? You must not take this attitude as typical of English people. Draw up your own budget for a typical week. Each woman was asked to describe a typical working day. It’s a typical Italian café. She’s late again—typical!
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