verb (used with object), pa·per-clipped, pa·per-clip·ping.

to fasten together with one or more paper clips: Paper-clip these letters and file them.

Nearby words

  1. paper profit,
  2. paper tape,
  3. paper tiger,
  4. paper trail,
  5. paper wasp,
  6. paper-cutter,
  7. paper-mâché,
  8. paper-pusher,
  9. paper-shelled,
  10. paper-thin

Origin of paper-clip

First recorded in 1960–65

paper clip


a flat wire or plastic clip shaped so that it can hold sheets of paper between two of its loops.
a spring clamp for holding papers.

Origin of paper clip

First recorded in 1870–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019