• Insubstantial.

    "paper tiger;  paper gangster"

  • Made of paper.

    "paper bag;  paper plane"


  • (slang) Money.
  • A medicinal preparation spread upon paper, intended for external application.

    "cantharides paper"

  • A sheet material used for writing on or printing on (or as a non-waterproof container), usually made by draining cellulose fibres from a suspension in water.
  • (uncountable) Wrapping paper.
  • A scholastic essay.
  • A paper packet containing a quantity of items.

    "a paper of pins, tacks, opium, &c."

  • (uncountable) Wallpaper.
  • A written document that reports scientific or academic research and is usually subjected to peer review before publication in a scientific journal or in the proceedings of a scientific or academic meeting (such as a conference, a workshop or a symposium).
  • (New Zealand) A university course.
  • A newspaper or anything used as such (such as a newsletter or listing magazine).
  • A written document, generally shorter than a book (white paper, term paper), in particular one written for the Government.


  • (transitive) To apply paper to.

    "to paper the hallway walls"

  • (transitive) To fill a theatre or other paid event with complimentary seats.

    "As the event has not sold well, we'll need to paper the house."

  • (transitive) To document; to memorialize.

    "After they reached an agreement, their staffs papered it up."

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