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
Examples from the Web for paper
Contemporary Examples of paper
“We would just as soon stay away from a group that will create controversy,” the Cubs general manager Sam Bernabe told the paper.The Louisiana Racists Who Courted Steve Scalise
January 3, 2015
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
January 3, 2015
The reality TV mogul bared her butt—and everything else, too—for Paper Magazine in a spread that sent Twitter into a tizzy.Kim Kardashian Cheekily Breaks the Internet
December 29, 2014
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.
Historical Examples of paper
I've got a New York paper giving an account of the whole thing.Brave and Bold
He went over to the desk and began to scribble a name on the pad of paper.
Fouts, with a slip of paper in his hand, beckoned him from the door of his private office.
A broken kitchen knife had been thrust through a bit of the paper on the box.Way of the Lawless
But thou knowest their characters; and I will not therefore sully my paper with them.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
- 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