pa·​per·​work ˈpā-pər-ˌwərk How to pronounce paperwork (audio)
: routine clerical or recordkeeping 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.
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Word History

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of paperwork was in 1899

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“Paperwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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pa·​per·​work -ˌwərk How to pronounce paperwork (audio)
: routine office or record-keeping work

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