paperwork

noun
pa·​per·​work | \ ˈpā-pər-ˌwərk \

Definition of paperwork

: routine clerical or record-keeping work often incidental to a more important task

Examples of paperwork in a Sentence

She failed to file the paperwork on time. The lawyer had us fill in the paperwork for the mortgage.

Recent Examples on the Web

Japanese passport holders can visit 190 countries without doing extra paperwork ahead of time. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "This Is the Country With the Most Powerful Passport in the World," 10 Jan. 2019 On Monday, November 19, paperwork was filed with the California Secretary of State to open a campaign finance committee, citing a mayoral bid for Stevante Clark. Lincoln Anthony Blades, Teen Vogue, "Stevante Clark is Running for Mayor of Sacramento," 3 Jan. 2019 Having to do even more paperwork to go to space could decrease efficiency, and a fine of nearly $1 million isn’t a small amount, even for companies used to dealing with astronomical sums of money. Loren Grush, The Verge, "FCC slams spaceflight company with $900,000 fine over illegal satellite launch," 20 Dec. 2018 Gather valuable paperwork, jewelry, and small family heirlooms. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Follow This Weekly Moving Checklist for a Smooth, Stress-Free Transition," 5 Dec. 2018 While Lauren handles the design side of Lauren Liess & Co., Dave serves as project manager, setting up meetings, ordering products, and handling contracts and other paperwork. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About David and Lauren Liess's New DIY Network Show," 6 Nov. 2018 The Himalayas Sanjay SaxenaNomadic ExpeditionsHe’ll handle all that byzantine paperwork to secure trekking permits, arrange flight-seeing over the Himalayas, and set up one-on-ones with scholars, philanthropists, climbers, and craftspeople. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 In Baghdad’s counterterrorism court, a maze of hallways and courtrooms stacked high with paperwork, women have mere minutes to defend themselves. Sophia Jones, Marie Claire, "The Truth About The Wives of ISIS," 4 Oct. 2018 Just as common are executors who drag their heels or who ghost the family entirely, refusing to deal with the necessary paperwork or even respond to emails and calls. Liz Weston, The Seattle Times, "How to write a will that won’t trigger a family feud," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of paperwork

1899, in the meaning defined above

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paperwork

noun

English Language Learners Definition of paperwork

: routine work that involves writing letters, reports, etc.

: the official documents that are needed for something to happen or be done

paperwork

noun
pa·​per·​work | \ ˈpā-pər-ˌwərk \

Kids Definition of paperwork

: the documents that are a requirement for or a routine part of something

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