paper Definition

  • 1material manufactured in thin sheets from the pulp of wood or other fibrous substances, used for writing, drawing, or printing on, or as wrapping material
  • 2a newspaper or periodical
  • 3a written or printed document or letter

Using paper: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "paper" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She wrote her phone number on a piece of paper.

  • Example

    The report was printed on recycled paper.

  • Example

    He works for the local paper.

  • Example

    I need to file these papers by tomorrow.

paper Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for paper

Phrases with paper

  • to start writing something


    After hours of brainstorming, she finally put pen to paper and started writing her novel.

  • in theory rather than reality


    On paper, the plan looked great, but in practice, it was a disaster.

  • something that appears threatening but is actually weak or ineffective


    The new boss talked tough, but turned out to be a paper tiger when it came to making decisions.

Origins of paper

from Latin 'papyrus', from Greek 'papuros', a reed used to make paper


Summary: paper in Brief

The term 'paper' [ˈpeɪpər] refers to a thin material made from wood pulp or other fibers, used for writing, printing, or wrapping. It can also refer to newspapers, documents, or letters. Phrases like 'put pen to paper' mean to start writing, while 'on paper' means in theory rather than reality. 'Paper tiger' refers to something that appears threatening but is actually weak or ineffective.

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