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wall·​pa·​per ˈwȯl-ˌpā-pər How to pronounce wallpaper (audio)
: decorative paper for the walls of a room
: the background image or set of images displayed on a computer screen
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wallpapered; wallpapering; wallpapers

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to put wallpaper on a wall

Example Sentences

Noun The wallpaper began to peel.
Recent Examples on the Web
Bold peel-and-stick wallpaper provides a dynamic backdrop. Marisa Donnelly, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Jan. 2023 The point is: don't stray away from interesting wallpaper. Isiah Magsino, Town & Country, 23 Jan. 2023 Other additions in iOS 16.3 include support for the upcoming new HomePod model, a tweak to how Emergency SOS calls are made, and a new Black History Month wallpaper. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 23 Jan. 2023 This small space is swathed in a Where the Wild Things Are–themed wallpaper, bringing storytelling to life in this New York beach house. Kate Mcgregor, ELLE Decor, 20 Jan. 2023 Here, Regan Baker Design opted for refreshing mint green floors and a complementary whimsical wallpaper. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 13 Jan. 2023 Traditional patterns in textiles and wallpaper are making a comeback through modern textures and color palettes. Hunter Boyce, ajc, 11 Jan. 2023 The meandering and sometimes dreamy adaptation barely has enough plot and scale for a feature, yet its looseness allows for digressions that are sometimes provocative and just as frequently attractive wallpaper. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Jan. 2023 In the non-gendered bathroom area is wallpaper covered from floor to ceiling with definitions of identities within the LGBTQ+ community. Brad Japhe, Forbes, 31 Dec. 2022
The conservators will discuss their work, and wallpaper history in general, as part of the Stone Soup and Speaker series on Jan. 26, at 6 p.m. at the Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum, 1465 Brush Hill Road in Milton. Johanna Seltz, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Jan. 2023 And don't hold back on your design ideas with this light; paint the ceiling a pop of color or wallpaper the entire space around it. Angela Belt, House Beautiful, 16 Dec. 2022 More colour schemes available for matching third party apps to wallpaper. Multi-language support that allows different languages for different apps. Joe Wituschek, BGR, 15 Dec. 2022 As a result, the whiplash-inducing pace of change can wallpaper over generational trauma, experts say, which resurfaces when an event that seems preventable occurs. Soo Youn, NBC News, 7 Nov. 2022 Get ready for these lines to wallpaper social media posts for months to come. William Earl, Variety, 29 July 2022 Steve Fisher has earned enough accolades over his four-decade coaching career to decorate and wallpaper a locker room or two. Diane Bellcolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 July 2022 Closets are, surprisingly, among Jewel Marlowe’s favorite spots to wallpaper. Alice Welsh Doyle, WSJ, 19 Jan. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1918, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of wallpaper was in 1827

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“Wallpaper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wallpaper. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


: decorative paper for covering the walls of a room
wallpaper verb

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