paper thrown away as useless.

Origin of wastepaper

First recorded in 1575–85; waste + paper
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Examples from the Web for wastepaper

Contemporary Examples of wastepaper

Historical Examples of wastepaper

  • He wrote pages and pages, and in the evening threw them into the wastepaper basket.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • I was looking respectfully at that tomb of fame, his wastepaper basket.

  • He searched the wastepaper basket, and, picking an envelope therefrom, said “Ha!”

    If I May

    A. A. Milne

  • "Yeah," agreed the other, picking it up and throwing it into a wastepaper basket.

    All In The Mind

    Gene L. Henderson

  • Peggy, armed with the wastepaper basket and the skin, followed open-mouthed.

    More William

    Richmal Crompton

British Dictionary definitions for wastepaper



paper discarded after use
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