paperwork

[ pey-per-wurk ]
/ ˈpeɪ pərˌwɜrk /

noun

written or clerical work, as records or reports, forming a necessary but often a routine and secondary part of some work or job.

Nearby words

  1. paperknife,
  2. paperless,
  3. papermaker,
  4. paperperson,
  5. paperweight,
  6. papery,
  7. papeterie,
  8. paphian,
  9. paphian goddess,
  10. paphlagonia

Origin of paperwork

First recorded in 1580–90; paper + work

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British Dictionary definitions for paperwork

paperwork

/ (ˈpeɪpəˌwɜːk) /

noun

clerical work, such as the completion of forms or the writing of reports or letters
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Word Origin and History for paperwork

paperwork

n.

1580s, "things made of paper," from paper (n.) + work (n.). Meaning "work done on paper" is from 1889.

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