Definition of Typhoid Mary in English:

Typhoid Mary

Line breaks: Ty|phoid Mary
Pronunciation: /tʌɪfɔɪdˈmɛəri

noun (plural Typhoid Marys)

  • A transmitter of undesirable opinions or attitudes: he is the Typhoid Mary of American politics
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    • He takes the idea a step further with a fascinating theory about the personalities who transmit those viruses - the Typhoid Marys of social epidemics.
    • Stories like that should embolden smart users so that, instead of accepting their co-workers’ incompetence, they will feel free to mock and ridicule these Typhoid Marys of the computer world.
    • I think Typhoid Marys would be people who push someone to see a show by railing about how dirty/immoral/ungodly it is.


the nickname of Mary Mallon (died 1938), an Irish-born cook who transmitted typhoid fever in the US.

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