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  1. a machine for fastening together sheets of paper or the like, with wire staples.
  2. a wire-stitching machine, especially one used in bookbinding.
  3. Also called staple gun. a hand-powered tool used for driving heavy-duty wire staples into wood and other materials.
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Origin of stapler1

First recorded in 1905–10; staple1 + -er1


  1. a person who staples wool.
  2. a merchant who deals in a staple or staples.
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Origin of stapler2

First recorded in 1505–15; staple2 + -er1
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Examples from the Web for stapler

Historical Examples

  • Captain Stapler, who was no card-player, looked on and replenished the long glasses of Scotch that stood at each man's right hand.

    A Son Of The Sun

    Jack London

  • This other dingus was undoubtedly a typewriter—and this small gadget on the desk a stapler.

    The Mighty Dead

    William Campbell Gault

British Dictionary definitions for stapler


  1. a machine that inserts staples into sheets of paper, etc, to hold them together
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for stapler


mechanical device for driving staples, by 1949; agent noun from staple (v.).

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