wall·​pa·​per | \ ˈwȯl-ˌpā-pər How to pronounce wallpaper (audio) \

Definition of wallpaper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : decorative paper for the walls of a room
2 : the background image or set of images displayed on a computer screen After becoming a member, the user gets to design a homepage with his or her choice of pictures, music, wallpaper, writing, and information making each page unique.— Fahiym Ratcliffe


wallpapered; wallpapering; wallpapers

Definition of wallpaper (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to provide the walls of (a room) with wallpaper

intransitive verb

: to put wallpaper on a wall

Examples of wallpaper in a Sentence

Noun The wallpaper began to peel.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The aesthetic glue that unifies the dining room’s seemingly random components begins with the choice of William Morris’s Strawberry Thief wallpaper. Elizabeth Quinn Brown, WSJ, 8 Oct. 2021 Peacock wallpaper adorns the space with a king-size bed that has a roll-top bathtub sitting at the end. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 5 Oct. 2021 West even seems interested in making Donda a big player in the computer screensaver and wallpaper game. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 4 Oct. 2021 In the entry hall, 18th-century Chinese wallpaper panels, procured from a London antiques dealer, once adorned a home in Stratford-upon-Avon. BostonGlobe.com, 3 Oct. 2021 Application requires wallpaper paste, and professional help is recommended for removal. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Sep. 2021 It’s an assembling, dissembling abstract map, kaleidoscopic camouflage, palm-frond wallpaper, and an unknown neural network. Jerry Saltz, Vulture, 22 Sep. 2021 Green wallpaper was replaced with white paint and picture molding in the living room, while the wood-burning fireplace—rare for San Francisco—received a cosmetic update with a gorgeous honed marble mantel. Lauren Jones, House Beautiful, 15 Sep. 2021 Walls finished with polished plaster, high-gloss lacquer, solid marble or fabric wallpaper draw the eyes from room to room. Neal Leitereg, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Turn your dresser into a bright accent piece, wallpaper your closet door, or build a new cozy bench with an Ikea hack. Stefanie Groner, Glamour, 24 Dec. 2020 While managing the coat check at Trix, a theater district gay bar, his boss paid him to wallpaper the place with his erotic collages — possibly his first artistic commission. Alex Vadukul, New York Times, 18 Nov. 2020 Recently, the 49ers’ game plan has been gimmicky, designed to wallpaper over the team’s deficiencies, mostly because of injuries. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, 1 Nov. 2020 Her lively, graphic, and colorful patterns can now be found on everything from gift bags to wallpaper to throw pillows. Country Living Staff, Country Living, 12 June 2020 For the first time, the hallways at Hueytown Elementary School are wallpapered with black history. al, 1 Mar. 2020 An ungainly addition had been tacked on for an expansive new master suite, the wood paneling had been painted and wallpapered over, the original windows had been replaced and the whole place had a vaguely musty smell. Tim Mckeough, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2020 Despite the rising popularity of dark colors, wallpapered ceilings, and maximalism, the designers found that the modern farmhouse still isn’t going anywhere. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, 11 Dec. 2019 The eyes are quickly magnetized by dense blue sapphire waves wallpapered high, and Thunberg—arms crossed, eyes alight—is peeking from backstage. Jason Parham, Wired, 13 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of wallpaper


1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1918, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Wallpaper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wallpaper. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wallpaper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: thick decorative paper used to cover the walls of a room



English Language Learners Definition of wallpaper (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put wallpaper on the walls of (a room)


wall·​pa·​per | \ ˈwȯl-ˌpā-pər How to pronounce wallpaper (audio) \

Kids Definition of wallpaper

: decorative paper for covering the walls of a room

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