pa·​per·​weight | \ ˈpā-pər-ˌwāt How to pronounce paperweight (audio) \

Definition of paperweight

: a usually small heavy object used to hold down loose papers (as on a desk)

Examples of paperweight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One compared it to the experience of Winston Smith from Orwell’s 1984, marveling at the rediscovered beauty of a crystal paperweight. Zenger News, Forbes, 17 May 2022 Ivan Karamazov fools around and composes poems while Smerdyakov takes a paperweight and slams Fyodor Pavlovich on the head—once, twice, thrice. Maxim Osipov, The Atlantic, 16 May 2022 For the artistically inclined visitor, Jack Pine Studio is the perfect spot to try your hand at glassblowing, with paperweight and glass pumpkin-making workshops open to the public. Jared Ranahan, Travel + Leisure, 28 Mar. 2022 European regulations often have the paperweight of Bibles, but the senior E.U. official pointed out to me, marvelling slightly, that this one fit on a single page. The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2022 Other products Harmon unbox include: a magnet, a money clip, a string bracelet, another red lip, a mini mirror, a paperweight and a key chain. Robyn Merrett,, 6 Dec. 2021 The proverbial dead battery is apt to make the self-driving car into a multi-ton paperweight, which of course could be said of any conventional car too. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 Shares of American Pharmaceutical went up forty-seven per cent, and Soon-Shiong commissioned a commemorative paperweight displaying the stock chart. The New Yorker, 25 Oct. 2021 Looters still made off with some of the country’s most significant vases, tablets and statues — such as the Mask of Warka, one of the oldest depictions of a face, or a duck paperweight from 2070 BC. Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of paperweight

1822, in the meaning defined above

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26 Jul 2022

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“Paperweight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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