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noun (1)

sta·​pler ˈstā-p(ə-)lər How to pronounce stapler (audio)
: one that deals in staple goods or in staple fiber


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noun (2)

: one that inserts staples
especially : a small usually hand-operated device for inserting wire staples

Examples of stapler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
These seats also do double-duty as storage bins to keep all my other office essentials handy, like a stapler, some tape, important files and documents, and more. Chuong Nguyen, Ars Technica, 12 July 2023 Use desktop organizers to corral writing utensils, scissors, staplers, notebooks, and more on top of the workstation, or slide a set of drawers underneath for easy-access storage. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Nov. 2023 Special tools are used to control bleeding, like staplers, and fluid infusions are given to make sure the pregnant person doesn't lose amniotic fluid during the procedure, per Cleveland Clinic. Addison Aloian, Women's Health, 7 Sep. 2023 In the manner of many a single-space survival thriller before, Shunsuke must use only those items at his disposal to engineer his escape: his clothing, a lighter and a stapler in his briefcase. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 28 Feb. 2023 The union that is in the midst of tense contract negotiations with Hollywood’s major studios published a 42-second video on the social media platform that showed members wielding staplers and duct tape in the grunt work of making dozens of picket signs. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 8 July 2023 On TikTok, the hashtag #stationeryaddict has nearly 800 million views, and a large subsection of the platform is focused on how to utilize planners and calendars, organize a desk with sticky notes and staplers, and sample new pens. Hope Corrigan, Washington Post, 15 June 2023 There are also lots of accessory, including a stapler in gelatin, Golden Ticket, Dundie trophy and ‘World’s Best Boss’ mug. Mark Heim |, al, 15 July 2022 Repeat all of the previous steps for the other 5 pieces of paper. Combine all six of the papers together at the middle point and use your stapler to hold them in place. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 16 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun (1)

circa 1533, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stapler was circa 1533

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“Stapler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a device that staples

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