copy·​pas·​ta ˈkä-pē-ˌpä-stə How to pronounce copypasta (audio)
: data (such as a block of text) that has been copied and spread widely online
The tweet became a copypasta, and was shared and applied to movies, TV shows, musicals, songs, and books …Morgan Sung
Copypasta has been a major feature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the misinformation associated with it, often claiming to provide anonymously sourced "insider" information on how to treat, cure, or avoid the disease that is often incorrect and dangerous.Alex Kasprak
… it is clear the meme is in the style of many other copypasta memes that make nonsensical comments with emojis randomly dispersed throughout …

Examples of copypasta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But about one minute after touching down in New Atlantis, Starfield’s copypasta Apple Store-aping metropolis, my character, William Regal, entered a crowded square. Will Bedingfield, WIRED, 8 Sep. 2023 Bouzy points to the YouTube comment sections underneath the official trailers for the Harry & Meghan series, where users have begun posting copypasta — a popular way to spam content by inundating it with similar messaging. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 15 Dec. 2022

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Word History


blend of copy and paste and pasta

First Known Use

2006, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of copypasta was in 2006

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Cite this Entry

“Copypasta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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