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Origin of paperhanger

First recorded in 1790–1800; paper + hanger Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for paperhanger

pretender, plagiarist, paperhanger

Examples from the Web for paperhanger

Historical Examples of paperhanger

  • Buying rolls of paper at the paperhanger's, she set about papering every closet in the house.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • By the time the attic was cleared and the paperhanger at work, she had forgotten the matter.

    Regiment of Women

    Clemence Dane

  • You can 'ave a pair of paperhanger's tressels and boards for that matter.'

  • Though strictly a paperhanger by trade, he could be plasterer too when he liked.

    Man and Wife

    Wilkie Collins

  • You have to do so many kinds of work in examples, that it's hard to remember whether you're a farmer or a paperhanger.

    The Cinder Pond

    Carroll Watson Rankin

British Dictionary definitions for paperhanger


  1. a person who hangs wallpaper as an occupation
  2. US slang a counterfeiter
Derived Formspaperhanging, noun
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