waste·​pa·​per ˈwās(t)-ˈpā-pər How to pronounce wastepaper (audio)
: paper discarded as used, superfluous, or not fit for use

Examples of wastepaper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If boho designs are more to your liking, a fuschia ikat wooden wastepaper basket will provide just the right punch of color and pattern under a desk ($116, Laylagrace.com). Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Tons of wastepaper and plastic went to landfills. Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2022 A few days after the fire, Maher, a former Green Beret, admitted to setting a wastepaper basket on fire and stabbing himself. Clay Risen, BostonGlobe.com, 17 July 2022 The black-and-white picture depicts a young boy sitting on the floor playing with a nurse superhero toy, as Batman and Spiderman toy figures lie in a wastepaper basket next to him. From Usa Today Network and Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 1 July 2020 No incriminating diary pages crammed in the wastepaper basket, just the cardboard packaging for some lip gloss. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 22 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1567, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wastepaper was in 1567

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“Wastepaper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wastepaper. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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waste·​pa·​per ˈwās(t)-ˈpā-pər How to pronounce wastepaper (audio)
: paper thrown away as used, not needed, or not fit for use

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