• To make a stereotype of someone or something, or characterize someone by a stereotype.
  • To prepare for printing in stereotype; to produce stereotype plates of.
  • To print from a stereotype.
  • To make firm or permanent; to fix.


  • Borrowed from French stéréotype. Printing sense is from 1817, the “conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image” sense is recorded from 1922 in Walter Lippmann's book Public Opinion.

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