wallpaper

[wawl-pey-per]

noun

paper, usually with printed decorative patterns in color, for pasting on and covering the walls or ceilings of rooms, hallways, etc.
any fabric, foil, vinyl material, etc., used as a wall or ceiling covering.
Computers. a design or picture in the background of the primary display screen of a graphical user interface: Personalize your tablet by changing the wallpaper.

verb (used with object)

to put wallpaper on (a wall, ceiling, etc.) or to furnish (a room, house, etc.) with wallpaper.

Nearby words

  1. walloper,
  2. walloping,
  3. wallow,
  4. wallowa mountains,
  5. wallower,
  6. wallposter,
  7. walls have ears,
  8. walls have ears, the,
  9. wallsend,
  10. wally

Origin of wallpaper

First recorded in 1820–30; wall + paper

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British Dictionary definitions for wallpaper

wallpaper

noun

paper usually printed or embossed with designs for pasting onto walls and ceilings
  1. something pleasant but bland which serves as an unobtrusive background
  2. (as modifier)wallpaper music
computing a graphics file that can be displayed in certain applications behind or around the main dialogue boxes, working display areas, etc, for decoration

verb

to cover (a surface) with wallpaper
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Word Origin and History for wallpaper

wallpaper

n.

1827, from wall (n.) + paper (n.).

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