toilet paper


Definition of toilet paper

: a thin sanitary absorbent paper usually in a roll for use in drying or cleaning oneself after defecation and urination

Examples of toilet paper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bathroom serves as a storage space for everything from cosmetics to towels to household goods like cleaners and toilet paper. Jolie Kerr, CNN Underscored, "20 products under $20 that will get you extra organized," 30 Oct. 2020 While some in-demand products, such as hand sanitizer and toilet paper, have become easier to find after initial shortages at the onset of stay-at-home orders, items like disinfecting wipes still aren’t readily available. Nerd Wallet, oregonlive, "4 tips for shopping smart amid the coronavirus pandemic," 29 Oct. 2020 French shoppers last week were stocking up on essential items, particularly pasta and toilet paper, in anticipation of a partial national lockdown announced by President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday, according to Nielsen., "U.S. Lifts Cruise Ship Ban; Deaths in France Surge: Virus Update," 29 Oct. 2020 Americans worried about Election Day violence and chaos are buying guns and toilet paper. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Voting 2020 live updates: Court asked to tackle Wisconsin ballot misprints; early voting continues across the US and in crucial Florida," 27 Oct. 2020 During the initial shock of the pandemic, Central Floridians frantically searched for meat, bread, toilet paper and hand sanitizer -- often to find empty shelves. Catherine Matos,, "Refrigerators, other appliances in short supply in Central Florida, thanks to COVID-19," 16 Oct. 2020 Sellers of cars, steaks, toilet paper and other goods have narrowed their offerings since the new coronavirus snarled supply chains last spring. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "Tab, Coca-Cola’s Diet-Soda Pioneer and a ’70s Icon, Is Going Away," 16 Oct. 2020 The surge in gun and ammunition purchases began in March, as the pandemic led to panic buying and shortages of staples, like rice and toilet paper, that some feared might lead to home invasions, gun shop owners said. Star Tribune, "Twin Cities sees guns, ammunition shortage amid crises," 7 Sep. 2020 Why would the largest retailer in the US—a company that has flourished by selling Americans necessities such as groceries and toilet paper—want a piece of an app known for short videos of teens dancing? Marc Bain, Quartz, "Walmart’s TikTok bid is a risky bet on the direction of US retail," 29 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of toilet paper

1877, in the meaning defined above

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17 Nov 2020

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“Toilet paper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of toilet paper

: thin, soft paper used to clean yourself after you have used the toilet

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Kids Definition of toilet paper

: a thin soft sanitary absorbent paper usually in a roll for bathroom use

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