[ pey-per-weyt ]

  1. 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

Words Nearby paperweight Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use paperweight in a sentence

  • Next to it were several sheets of blank paper and a small traveling clock sat on them as a paperweight.

    Unwise Child | Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Even an odd stone he had found on the desert and brought into the Wigwam one day, she used now as a paperweight.

    Mary Ware's Promised Land | Annie Fellows Johnston
  • Kerk picked up a length of steel pipe from the desk, that he used as a paperweight, and toyed with it as he thought.

    Deathworld | Harry Harrison
  • A paperweight representing a ragged little dog and an entomological photograph of the common ant.

    Suppers | Paul Pierce

British Dictionary definitions for paperweight


/ (ˈpeɪpəˌweɪt) /

  1. a small heavy object placed on loose papers to prevent them from scattering

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