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.
Origin of pasteboard
Related formspaste·board·y, adjective
First recorded in 1540–50; paste
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for pasteboard
Historical Examples of pasteboard
Mortimer exposed the pasteboard he had acquired on his entry to the stand.
It was enclosed in a pasteboard box, and, when packed, looked just like the parcel of pills.
On every hand walls collapsed as though they had been made of pasteboard.
He took a card from his wallet and laid the torn bit of pasteboard upon it.
The pasteboard boxes went to the floor in a clattering rush.
British Dictionary definitions for pasteboard
- a stiff board formed from layers of paper or pulp pasted together, esp as used in bookbinding
- (as modifier)a pasteboard book cover
slang a card or ticket
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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.
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