waste·​pa·​per | \ ˈwās(t)-ˈpā-pər How to pronounce wastepaper (audio) \

Definition of wastepaper

: paper discarded as used, superfluous, or not fit for use

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With no market for the wastepaper and plastic in their blue bins, some communities scaled back or suspended curbside recycling programs. Mary Esch, The Seattle Times, "China’s ban on scrap imports a boon to US recycling plants," 19 May 2019 What in creation was spilling over several folding tables—used ball-point pens, foil, torn newspaper, doodles, bits of paper, the contents of a wastepaper basket held together with cardboard and brown packing tape. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Old In Art School," 20 June 2018 Then there was the problem of the huge amount of wastepaper that piled up around the studio— David Wolman, WIRED, "The Ultimate Counterfeiter Isn’t a Crook—He’s an Artist," 18 May 2012 With another marquee name to market, the Madison Square Garden strongman James L. Dolan is less likely to kick over office wastepaper baskets. Harvey Araton, New York Times, "Knicks Trade for Bulls’ Derrick Rose but Have More Work to Do," 22 June 2016

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First Known Use of wastepaper

1567, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wastepaper was in 1567

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English Language Learners Definition of wastepaper

: paper that you throw away because it has been used or is not needed

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