verb (used with object)
- to write or set down on paper.
- to describe in writing.
verb (used without object)
- papen, franz von,
- paper birch,
- paper chase,
- paper chromatography,
- paper clip,
- paper cutter
- 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 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.
But Bush has done exactly that, filing the papers for BH Global Aviation with the SEC right around Thanksgiving.
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|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“They were essentially living out of the car,” the papers said.
Just two days later, the papers began what can only be described as a love affair with Mustafa Kemal Pasha (later Atatürk).
According to the Journal des Débats, the greatest part of these papers have never been printed.
When we were done he pulled his papers before him and sat looking at them dully.Hurricane Island|H. B. Marriott Watson
Inside, a sweating adjutant toiled at a mass of papers on the desk before him.Our Casualty And Other Stories|James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
In this respect, the papers of Kenton City were the most flagrant offenders.The Lieutenant-Governor|Guy Wetmore Carryl
He went on reading the papers and presently exclaimed: Its a frame-up.Under Cover|Roi Cooper Megrue
- 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