verb (used with object)
- to write or set down on paper.
- to describe in writing.
verb (used without object)
- in written or printed form.
- in theory rather than in practice.
- existing only in a preliminary state; in a plan or design: The university building program is still only on paper.
Origin of paper
Related formspa·per·less, adjectivepa·per·like, adjectivere·pa·per, verb (used with object)un·pa·pered, adjective
Examples from the Web for paper
“We would just as soon stay away from a group that will create controversy,” the Cubs general manager Sam Bernabe told the paper.
Back when Sam went upstate, job searches required nothing more than a typewriter, some paper, and the classifieds.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The reality TV mogul bared her butt—and everything else, too—for Paper Magazine in a spread that sent Twitter into a tizzy.
Using a heatproof slotted spoon, remove the shallots to a paper towel-lined plate.
Allow beans to cool completely then remove to a paper towel-lined plate to dry.
Mr. Byrd nodded and made a few strokes with his pencil on the paper before him.Hand and Ring|Anna Katharine Green
On turning the paper through ninety degrees or by actual measurement, the extent of the illusion will become apparent.Visual Illusions|Matthew Luckiesh
This is the filth the German paper was not ashamed to print.Georges Guynemer|Henry Bordeaux
Lay on different parts of the skin a small, square piece of paper with a small central hole in it.A Practical Physiology|Albert F. Blaisdell
He found her in the midst of tiny wisps of paper, thread, and wool, that had been her chief concern for three days past."Wee Tim'rous Beasties"|Douglas English
British Dictionary definitions for paper
- a set of written examination questions
- the student's answers
Derived Formspaperer, noun
Word Origin for paper
Idioms and Phrases with paper
In addition to the idiom beginning with paper
- paper over
- on paper
- push paper
- walking papers