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"typical" in British English

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typicaladjective

uk   us   /ˈtɪp.ɪ.kəl/
B1 showing all the ​characteristics that you would usually ​expect from a ​particulargroup of things: I must ​look like the typical ​tourist with my ​shorts and my ​camera. This ​kind of ​hot and ​spicyfood is very typical of the ​food in the ​south of the ​country. Typical ​symptoms would ​includesevereheadaches, ​vomiting and ​dizziness. disapproving showing all the ​badcharacteristics that you ​expect from someone or something, often in a way that is ​annoying: It's just typical of Dan to ​spend all that ​money on the ​equipment and then ​loseinterest two ​monthslater. "He called at the last ​minute to say he wasn't coming." "Typical!"

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(Definition of typical from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"typical" in American English

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typicaladjective

 us   /ˈtɪp·ɪ·kəl/
showing the characteristics of a ​particularkind of ​person or thing: He ​looked like the typical ​tourist with his ​camera and ​baseballcap. This ​dish is typical of Southern ​cooking. disapproving Typical also ​meansbehaving as you would ​expect: "He called to say he wasn’t coming." "Typical! You can’t rely on Michael for anything!"
(Definition of typical from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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