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[wawl-pey-per] /ˈwɔlˌpeɪ pər/
paper, usually with printed decorative patterns in color, for pasting on and covering the walls or ceilings of rooms, hallways, etc.
any fabric, foil, vinyl material, etc., used as a wall or ceiling covering.
Computers. a design or picture in the background of the primary display screen of a graphical user interface:
Personalize your tablet by changing the wallpaper.
verb (used with object)
to put wallpaper on (a wall, ceiling, etc.) or to furnish (a room, house, etc.) with wallpaper.
Origin of wallpaper
First recorded in 1820-30; wall + paper Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The wallpaper had smothered the Kingdom of God; he had been, he felt, domestic; it had been an after-supper talk.

    Soul of a Bishop H. G. Wells
  • In the absence of art patrons, wallpaper was his only excuse for continuing as an artist.

    John Baptist Jackson Jacob Kainen
  • It is almost impossible to remove creosote and soot stains on plaster and wallpaper.

  • The Essay continued with a criticism of the current taste in wallpaper.

    John Baptist Jackson Jacob Kainen
  • This wallpaper seems to have been supplied by a tradesman in the station road in the village of Chizelrigg.'

British Dictionary definitions for wallpaper


paper usually printed or embossed with designs for pasting onto walls and ceilings
  1. something pleasant but bland which serves as an unobtrusive background
  2. (as modifier): wallpaper music
(computing) a graphics file that can be displayed in certain applications behind or around the main dialogue boxes, working display areas, etc, for decoration
to cover (a surface) with wallpaper
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for wallpaper

1827, from wall (n.) + paper (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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