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noun (1)

fill·​er ˈfi-lər How to pronounce filler (audio)
: one that fills: such as
: a substance added to a product (as to increase bulk, weight, viscosity, opacity, or strength)
: a composition used to fill the pores and grain especially of a wood surface before painting or varnishing
: a piece used to cover or fill in a space between two parts of a structure
: tobacco used to form the core of a cigar
: material used to fill extra space in a column or page of a newspaper or magazine or to increase the size of a work (such as a book)
: a pack of paper for a loose-leaf notebook
: a sound, word, or phrase (such as "you know?") used to fill pauses in speaking


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noun (2)

fil·​ler ˈfi-ˌler How to pronounce filler (audio)
plural fillers also filler
a monetary subunit of the forint see forint at Money Table

Examples of filler in a Sentence

Noun (1) the vase was packed in Styrofoam filler to protect it during shipping
Recent Examples on the Web
Risks and Side Effects: Like any cosmetic procedure, fillers come with risks such as allergic reactions, infections and possibly lumps or irregularities if not done correctly. Carlos Wolf, Miami Herald, 11 May 2024 No artificial or natural flavors, no artificial sweeteners or artificial preservatives, and no junk fillers are allowed. Kyle J. Russell, USA TODAY, 10 May 2024 For me, there is no greater pleasure (or budget-friendly flower shopping) than building your own bouquets out of TJ’s flowers and fillers. Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 9 May 2024 The footrest panel is made from breathable cotton with padded filler for extra comfort. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 26 Apr. 2024 Product is raw, meaning it’s not cooked or treated and does not have binders, fillers, or carriers. Jenny McCoy, Glamour, 25 Apr. 2024 Tallulah also opened up about her decision to dissolve her facial fillers. Catherine Santino, Peoplemag, 19 Apr. 2024 It was imported as an ornamental plant and decorative filler for floral arrangements. Shelby Slade, The Arizona Republic, 17 Apr. 2024 The price of White’s beauty over the years could be best summed up in needles, injections, fillers, burning sensations and judgment. Marissa Evans, Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2024

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Word History


Noun (1)

fill entry 1 + -er entry 2

Noun (2)

Hungarian fillér

First Known Use

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of filler was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Filler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: one that fills: as
: a substance added to a product (as to increase size or weight)
: a pack of paper to put in a binder
: a sound, word, or phrase used to fill pauses in speaking

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