pa·​per-thin ˈpā-pər-ˌthin How to pronounce paper-thin (audio)
: extremely thin
paper-thin partitions

Examples of paper-thin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What had been a mildly scenic if paper-thin diversion turns into the kind of joint whose narrative big reveals also trigger big laughs — with considerable help from hackneyed dialogue and some awkward acting moments. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 4 Apr. 2024 The proposal does include some paper-thin provisions regarding program requirements related to completion rates and employment. Derek Newton, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 Neus Coronado, one of three full-time slicers García employs, can produce a tidy pinwheel of uniform, nearly paper-thin slices in just a few minutes. Bonnie Berkowitz, Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2024 But his decision ricocheted across Capitol Hill, where his departure will leave the already paper-thin House GOP majority even tighter, with just a few seats to spare. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports,, 7 Dec. 2023 The MonsterVerse is guilty of this with its rotating cast of paper-thin characters elevated solely by the sheer charisma of its actors. Christopher Cruz, Rolling Stone, 30 Nov. 2023 This is a slightly bigger option from the brand, and it's made from paper-thin nylon stuffed with scrap yarn. Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, 27 Nov. 2023 In May 1995, Earth crossed through Saturn’s ring plane, and the Hubble Space Telescope captured an image of the gas giant with its rings looking paper-thin. Carlyn Kranking, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Nov. 2023 That Hollywood creation is mere paper-thin pleasure, a nonsense candy corn of a thing that barely features any surprise, idiosyncrasy, or respect for the viewer. Keep Mario Weird, Vulture, 30 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of paper-thin was in 1928

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“Paper-thin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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