Definition of paperweight
: a usually small heavy object used to hold down loose papers (as on a desk)
Recent Examples of paperweight from the Web
A. In the dining room there is a collection of old plates on the wall and paperweights on the windowsills.
Your phone is now an expensive seafloor paperweight.
More collected rocks serve as paperweights on his work table.
Various trophies and plaques could be found in the oddest places, even functioning as paperweights atop stacks of paper.
Among those available for purchase are a Moleskine journal, metal bookmark, magnets and a crystal paperweight.
It was gifted by one of the school’s custodians and Linney used it as a paperweight.
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First Known Use of paperweight
PAPERWEIGHT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of paperweight for English Language Learners
: a small, heavy object that is used to hold down loose papers on a surface
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