[ peyst-bawrd, -bohrd ]
/ ˈpeɪstˈbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd /


a stiff, firm board made of sheets of paper pasted or layers of paper pulp pressed together.
Older Slang. a card, as a visiting card or a playing card.
Older Slang. a ticket, as for the theater.


made of pasteboard.
unsubstantial, flimsy, or sham.

Nearby words

  1. pasta,
  2. paste,
  3. paste mold,
  4. paste-on,
  5. paste-up,
  6. pastedown,
  7. pastel,
  8. pastel orange,
  9. pastelist,
  10. paster

Origin of pasteboard

First recorded in 1540–50; paste + board

Related formspaste·board·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pasteboard


/ (ˈpeɪstˌbɔːd) /


  1. a stiff board formed from layers of paper or pulp pasted together, esp as used in bookbinding
  2. (as modifier)a pasteboard book cover
slang a card or ticket


flimsy; insubstantial
sham; fake
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Word Origin and History for pasteboard



1540s, from paste (n.) + board (n.1). So called because it is made of sheets of paper pasted together.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper