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wallpaper

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noun wall·pa·per \ˈwȯl-ˌpā-pər\
Updated on: 26 Jul 2017

Definition of wallpaper

  1. 1 :  decorative paper for the walls of a room

  2. 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

Examples of wallpaper in a Sentence

  1. The wallpaper began to peel.

Recent Examples of wallpaper from the Web

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First Known Use of wallpaper

1827


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Definition of wallpaper

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to provide the walls of (a room) with wallpaper

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to put wallpaper on a wall

First Known Use of wallpaper

1918


Financial Definition of WALLPAPER

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.


WALLPAPER Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of wallpaper for English Language Learners

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

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Definition of wallpaper for English Language Learners

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


WALLPAPER Defined for Kids

wallpaper

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noun wall·pa·per \ˈwȯl-ˌpā-pər\

Definition of wallpaper for Students

  1. :  decorative paper for covering the walls of a room



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