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

Examples of wastepaper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Frances Boone Chittenden, a home décor entrepreneur who founded a business making custom wastepaper baskets featuring local schools and sports and later had a shop in Mount Washington, died of heart failure Sunday at Stella Maris Hospice. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, 13 July 2021 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. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Mar. 2021 Before presenting the first award of the night, the duo performed an elaborate bit about sanitizing the envelope with the winner’s name in it, which included setting fire to it in a wastepaper basket to burn off the germs. Danielle Turchiano, chicagotribune.com, 20 Sep. 2020 In one of several bits acknowledging coronavirus safety protocols, a rubber glove-wearing Kimmel laboriously sprayed Lysol on an envelope containing a winner’s name, then set it on fire in a wastepaper basket, presumably to burn off any germs. oregonlive, 20 Sep. 2020 Mill’s maid thought the manuscript was wastepaper and threw it into the fire. John D. Hagen, National Review, 20 Aug. 2020 Batman and Spiderman action figure toys lie in a wastepaper basket next to the boy. Fox News, 8 May 2020 Not to mention the widespread habit of tossing used toilet paper into wastepaper baskets to spare the strain on many homes’ aged and insufficient plumbing. Washington Post, 1 Jan. 2020 Still, to be recycled, wastepaper needs to be clean. Emily Chasan, Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2019

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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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23 Jul 2021

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“Wastepaper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wastepaper. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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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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