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[pey-per-hang-er] /ˈpeɪ pərˌhæŋ ər/
a person whose job is covering walls with wallpaper.
Slang. a person who passes worthless checks.
Origin of paperhanger
First recorded in 1790-1800; paper + hanger Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for paperhanger
Historical Examples
  • Buying rolls of paper at the paperhanger's, she set about papering every closet in the house.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • By the time the attic was cleared and the paperhanger at work, she had forgotten the matter.

    Regiment of Women Clemence Dane
  • You can 'ave a pair of paperhanger's tressels and boards for that matter.'

  • Though strictly a paperhanger by trade, he could be plasterer too when he liked.

    Man and Wife Wilkie Collins
  • You have to do so many kinds of work in examples, that it's hard to remember whether you're a farmer or a paperhanger.

    The Cinder Pond Carroll Watson Rankin
  • He was beautifully curved and his black preacher uniform looked as if it had been put on him by a paperhanger.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • All of which the paperhanger listened to in thoughtful silence and then told a tale.

British Dictionary definitions for paperhanger


a person who hangs wallpaper as an occupation
(US, slang) a counterfeiter
Derived Forms
paperhanging, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for paperhanger



A person who passes counterfeit money or worthless checks: The FBI's suspect was a master paperhanger, the last of a breed (1914+ Underworld)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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