paperwork

noun pa·per·work \ ˈpā-pər-ˌwərk \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of paperwork

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

Examples of paperwork in a Sentence

  1. She failed to file the paperwork on time.

  2. The lawyer had us fill in the paperwork for the mortgage.

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First Known Use of paperwork

1899


PAPERWORK Defined for English Language Learners

paperwork

noun

Definition of paperwork for English Language Learners

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

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


PAPERWORK Defined for Kids

paperwork

noun pa·per·work \ ˈpā-pər-ˌwərk \

Definition of paperwork for Students

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


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