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
Related Words for paperscitation, summons, voucher, file, deed, id, certificate, grant, archive, instrument, passport, indictment, warrant, diploma, plea, credentials, data, dossier, bill, affidavit
Examples from the Web for papers
Contemporary Examples of papers
Even then, most of us doubted he would show up and actually sign the papers allowing him to enter the 1992 New Hampshire primary.President Cuomo Would’ve Been a Lion
January 2, 2015
But Bush has done exactly that, filing the papers for BH Global Aviation with the SEC right around Thanksgiving.Be the Smarter Bush Brother, Jeb: Don’t Run!
December 17, 2014
It may be that some hagiographer yet to come will find the stained sheets of fact and memory amid his papers.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
“They were essentially living out of the car,” the papers said.The Navy ‘Hero’ Who Pimped an HIV-Positive Teen
December 11, 2014
Just two days later, the papers began what can only be described as a love affair with Mustafa Kemal Pasha (later Atatürk).The 20th-Century Dictator Most Idolized by Hitler
November 24, 2014
Historical Examples of papers
He was seated at a table with a variety of papers spread out before him.Brave and Bold
As matters stand, I don't care to have papers, so freely written, about me.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
There are some papers and some money I must possess myself of.The Imaginary Invalid
It did help the milliner, too, for I bought three and they were printed in the papers.The Bacillus of Beauty
Perhaps you think I don't read anything but the daily papers.In the Midst of Alarms
- 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