Nearby words

  1. papaya,
  2. papeete,
  3. papelera,
  4. papen,
  5. papen, franz von,
  6. paper birch,
  7. paper chase,
  8. paper chromatography,
  9. paper clip,
  10. paper cutter


    on paper,
    1. in written or printed form.
    2. in theory rather than in practice.
    3. existing only in a preliminary state; in a plan or design: The university building program is still only on paper.

Origin of paper

1325–75; Middle English papire < Latin papȳrus papyrus

Related formspa·per·less, adjectivepa·per·like, adjectivere·pa·per, verb (used with object)un·pa·pered, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for repaper

  • A decorator was called in to repaper the bathroom and kitchenette, but for the living-room Grant engaged a carpenter.

    Dennison Grant|Robert Stead
  • "Louisa may want to repaper the farmhouse some time," he added to himself.

    Tutt and Mr. Tutt|Arthur Train

British Dictionary definitions for repaper


/ (ˈpeɪpə) /




See also paper over

Derived Formspaperer, noun

Word Origin for paper

C14: from Latin papyrus

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Word Origin and History for repaper
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with repaper


In addition to the idiom beginning with paper

  • paper over

also see:

  • on paper
  • push paper
  • walking papers
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