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 Clean a handheld device with a napkin or toilet paper before using it. Maggie O'Neill, Health, 21 Nov. 2023 Recommended Transformation From Israeli and Palestinian anger, could hope emerge? Isabel de la Cruz, a resident of Acapulco, tried to move a shopping cart loaded with diapers, instant noodles, and toilet paper through the mud. Mark Stevenson and María Verza, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Oct. 2023 Some categories such as dairy, yogurt, and toilet paper have more than 60% of products sold with sustainable attributes. Tensie Whelan, Fortune, 17 Oct. 2023 In 2020, consumers couldn’t find toilet paper on store shelves. Bychris Morris, Fortune Well, 7 Sep. 2023 The toilet paper’s colorful bear mascot makes an appearance. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 23 Oct. 2023 For the first time in a century, Charmin is revolutionizing the world of toilet paper—simply by changing the shape of the perforation. Christianna Silva, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Oct. 2023 Thin, scratchy toilet paper, scented toilet paper, and recycled TP can cause irritation or even an allergic reaction. Jessica Migala, Health, 30 Aug. 2023 The artist poses as both the man and woman of a 15th-century Flemish couple, using toilet paper to portray distinctive features of their attire. Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of toilet paper was in 1877

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“Toilet paper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

toilet paper

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

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