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 Shimmering wallpaper reveals intricate designs of guitars and microphones, and dim lighting sets the mood. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Uptown Phoenix is getting a new rock ’n’ roll-inspired cocktail bar. Here's what to expect," 9 Jan. 2020 On the other side of the top floor, a constellation wallpaper from the Novogratz line for Tempaper turns a small space into a magical reading nook, complete with a cozy floor pillow. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Cortney Novogratz DIY'ed a Smeg Fridge for This Modern Dollhouse," 7 Jan. 2020 Gallery Series Previous SlideNext Slide LG previously introduced its W wallpaper series, which included 77- and 65-inch ultra-thin models (0.23 or 0.15 inches) that were designed to be wall-mounted. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "LG and Samsung TVs at CES: Bezel-free, smaller OLEDs, and more," 6 Jan. 2020 Bedbugs can hide inside cracks or behind wallpaper or clutter, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lateshia Beachum, Anchorage Daily News, "Somebody released bedbugs inside a Walmart. Pennsylvania authorities want to know who - and why.," 6 Jan. 2020 At the hospital, Dr. Valerio Cecinati, a specialist in pediatric oncology who recently moved to Taranto, showed the anesthesia and chemotherapy rooms, furnished with Disney puzzles, dinosaur books and new wallpaper of dolphins and turtles. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "Troubles at an Aging Steel Mill Mirror Italy’s Own," 4 Jan. 2020 Some rooms on the second floor require plaster repair and new paint or wallpaper. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Medina County Historical Society plants two trees at newly purchased McDowell-Phillips House," 26 Dec. 2019 Several walls sport beautiful wallpaper — vistas of white and pale gray, with birds and branches, possessing the delicacy of Japanese painting. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "Review: A lavish new setting in Farmington for Wood-n-Tap’s consistently great but unpretentious fare," 12 Dec. 2019 In 1999, a wallpaper symposium led Chris Ohrstrom and Steve Larson to start a new company. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Watch Adelphi Make Hand-Blocked Wallpaper in Its New York Studio," 20 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Both nurseries were painted, wallpapered, and trimmed in grosgrain ribbon—a sweet alternative to traditional molding. Shoko Wanger, House Beautiful, "The Ultimate 90-Day Timeline for Designing a Nursery Suite," 27 May 2019 Rooms were effectively just wallpapered with old master paintings. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "On Location: How HBO’s ‘Catherine The Great’ Retraces the Russian Ruler’s Footsteps," 8 Nov. 2019 He and his siblings ate pizza and pasta with their grandmother, Princess Isabelle, who was for decades a leading doyenne in Roman society, in a dining room wallpapered in sumptuous red silk. Jason Horowitz, Town & Country, "Inside Palazzo Colonna, Rome's Last Great Sanctuary of Renaissance Splendor," 24 Sep. 2019 The bathroom, dramatically wallpapered with a repeating pattern of four different David Bowie personae, shows a more playful side of Nguyen’s character. oregonlive, "Berlu is Portland’s 2019 Rising Star restaurant," 13 Sep. 2019 Johnson has again created a lacy Victorian-style oasis, with seating for 49 in three beautifully appointed and wallpapered rooms. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "First Look: Lisa’s Tea Treasures returns in all of its Victorian-era glory," 5 Aug. 2019 The castle is wallpapered with misty medieval themes, many from the operas of Ludwig's friend, Richard Wagner. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "European royalty's most over-the-top summer retreats, from Versailles to Neuschwanstein," 8 July 2019 The guest rooms, cheerily wallpapered and wainscoted, are small but nicely maintained. Rosemary Mcclure, latimes.com, "Hotels near Yosemite that won't blow your budget," 30 June 2019 The room has been re-carpeted and re-wallpapered before. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Apollo Mission Control Center restored to its former glory," 28 June 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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wallpaper. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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Financial Definition of wallpaper

What It Is

Wallpaper is slang for a security with minimal to no market value.

How It Works

Once a security becomes worthless, its hard documentation (for example, its stock certificate) no longer has any practical function. The term "wallpaper" suggests that it be used as such.

Why It Matters

Following the Internet startup bust in the early 2000s, the stock of many web-based companies turned into wallpaper in a short span of time. The term doesn't only apply to stocks. For example, the impact of hyperinflation in Germany following World War I resulted in its currency becoming wallpaper.

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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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