paperweight

[ pey-per-weyt ]
/ ˈpeɪ pərˌweɪt /
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noun

a small, heavy object of glass, metal, etc., placed on papers to keep them from scattering.

Origin of paperweight

First recorded in 1855–60; paper + weight
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British Dictionary definitions for paper-weight

paperweight

/ (ˈpeɪpəˌweɪt) /

noun

a small heavy object placed on loose papers to prevent them from scattering
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Word Origin and History for paper-weight

paper-weight


n.

"heavy object used to hold down papers," 1858, from paper (n.) + weight (n.).

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