verb (used with object)
- to write or set down on paper.
- to describe in writing.
verb (used without object)
- papen, franz von,
- paper birch,
- paper chase,
- paper chromatography,
- paper clip,
- paper cutter
- 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
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
- a set of written examination questions
- the student's answers
Word Origin for paper
mid-14c., from Anglo-French paper, Old French papier "paper, document," from Latin papyrus "paper, paper made of papyrus stalks" (see papyrus).
Meaning "paper money" attested from 1722. As shortened form of newspaper, first attested 1640s. In plural, "collection of papers to establish one's identity, credentials, etc.," it is attested from 1680s. Paper chase is British slang from 1932.
1590s, "to write down on paper," from paper (n.). Meaning "to decorate a room with paper hangings" is from 1774. Related: Papered; papering. Verbal phrase paper over in the figurative sense is from 1955, from the notion of hiding plaster cracks with wallaper.
1590s, from paper (n.). Figurative of something flimsy or unsubstantial from 1716. Paper tiger (1952) translates Chinese tsuh lao fu, popularized by Mao Zedong. Paper doll attested from 1849; paper plate from 1723.
In addition to the idiom beginning with paper
- paper over
- on paper
- push paper
- walking papers