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[weyst-pey-per] /ˈweɪstˌpeɪ pər/
paper thrown away as useless.
Origin of wastepaper
First recorded in 1575-85; waste + paper Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He wrote pages and pages, and in the evening threw them into the wastepaper basket.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • I was looking respectfully at that tomb of fame, his wastepaper basket.

    The Champagne Standard

    Mrs. John Lane
  • He searched the wastepaper basket, and, picking an envelope therefrom, said “Ha!”

    If I May A. A. Milne
  • "Yeah," agreed the other, picking it up and throwing it into a wastepaper basket.

    All In The Mind Gene L. Henderson
  • Peggy, armed with the wastepaper basket and the skin, followed open-mouthed.

    More William

    Richmal Crompton
  • Telegrams followed, which he threw into the wastepaper basket.

    The Malefactor E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • It is about the only place in the room he could hide in, except of course the wastepaper basket.

    Prisoners Mary Cholmondeley
  • Before sixty copies had been sold the publisher became bankrupt and the stock went for wastepaper.

  • And he pitched the papers at the wastepaper basket under the sideboard.

    The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman

    H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
British Dictionary definitions for wastepaper


paper discarded after use
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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