Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cast in an acting role akin or natural to one's own personality or fitted to one's physical appearance.
  • transitive v. To assign (a performer) repeatedly to the same kind of part.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cast an actor in the same kind of role repeatedly.
  • v. To identify someone as being of a specific type because of their appearance, colour, religion etc.
  • v. To cast (change of data type of a variable or object).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. identify as belonging to a certain type
  • v. cast repeatedly in the same kind of role

Etymologies

type + cast (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Being NOT typecast is Adam Baldwin, who's on the new TV series "Chuck," where plays a clean-shaven CIA agent who wears a suit.

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  • At a Foundation for Children's Books event this fall, I asked Brian if he ever felt "typecast" because he's become so well known for his animals.

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  • Just because those are his most well-known roles, that doesn't mean he's "typecast" in them.

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  • I love Ishihara Satomi and anything she has ever played, so it kinda pains me to cast her in this kind of typecast role, but I think Ishihara Satomi would lend subtlety into this character and bring her to life, make her memorable.

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  • I guess that is a reminder not to "typecast" people on here.

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  • Rob James-Collier to leave Coronation Street over fears of being "typecast".

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  • It's definitely a typecast city, but it's a good kind of typecast, like What's Hot! playing handsome and wise columnists.

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  • Personally, I have never really got over a friend's allegation that, in a school production of Twelfth Night, while playing the preening and puritanical steward Malvolio, I was "typecast".

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  • Either way, one of the cops is Barney Miller (another "typecast" joke), and somehow Al is now dressed as a tourist and going undercover with a cop from Vice (if you are surprised that it is both a woman and someone dressed as a hooker, you might be this book's target audience!).

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  • Lisak's work is "the gold standard," said Elizabeth Joyce at the National Center for Victims of Crime in Washington, D.C. "He's contributed a great deal to understanding how hard it is to 'typecast' rapists," she wrote in an e-mail.

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