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[rap-er] /ˈræp ər/
a person or thing that wraps.
a covering or cover.
a long, loose outer garment.
a loose bathrobe; negligee.
British. book jacket.
the tobacco leaf used for covering a cigar.
Armor. a supplementary beaver reinforcing the chin and mouth area of an armet of the 15th century.
Origin of wrapper
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75; See origin at wrap, -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for wrapper
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  • In her wrapper she ran out into the hallway and found him descending the stairs.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • Need I suggest what was the need—the urgent need—for suppressing that wrapper?

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • She has on only her nightgown and a wrapper over it; her bare feet are thrust into slippers.

    The First and The Last John Galsworthy
  • I grasped my knapsack and my wrapper, and stole furtively away.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • There was the wrapper, the bottle, and the white powder inside, some sort of powder!

    The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad
  • I bent low down and groped for her foot under the flounces of the wrapper.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • He looked at his cigar; the wrapper was broken and he licked the place with a fat tongue.

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • She was ill-dressed, in a morning wrapper, and looked to him to be at least as old as her husband.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • By this time Drake had got its wrapper off and revealed a jewel case.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills

    Charles Garvice
  • The third covering was a wrapper of tissue paper, which was spread out in its turn.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
British Dictionary definitions for wrapper


the cover, usually of paper or cellophane, in which something is wrapped
a dust jacket of a book
the ripe firm tobacco leaf forming the outermost portion of a cigar and wound around its body
a loose negligee or dressing gown, esp in the 19th century
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Word Origin and History for wrapper

mid-15c., agent noun from wrap (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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plain wrapper

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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