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pasteboard

[peyst-bawrd, -bohrd]
noun
  1. a stiff, firm board made of sheets of paper pasted or layers of paper pulp pressed together.
  2. Older Slang. a card, as a visiting card or a playing card.
  3. Older Slang. a ticket, as for the theater.
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adjective
  1. made of pasteboard.
  2. unsubstantial, flimsy, or sham.
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Origin of pasteboard

First recorded in 1540–50; paste + board
Related formspaste·board·y, adjective
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Examples from the Web for pasteboard

Historical Examples

  • Mortimer exposed the pasteboard he had acquired on his entry to the stand.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • It was enclosed in a pasteboard box, and, when packed, looked just like the parcel of pills.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • 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 Film of Fear

    Arnold Fredericks

  • The pasteboard boxes went to the floor in a clattering rush.

    Shavings

    Joseph C. Lincoln


British Dictionary definitions for pasteboard

pasteboard

noun
    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
  1. slang a card or ticket
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adjective
  1. flimsy; insubstantial
  2. sham; fake
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Word Origin and History for pasteboard

n.

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

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