from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Discarded paper.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. unwanted paper that has been discarded rather than recycled


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • The data, assembled under the direction of Dr. Michael Andrews, chief economist for PIERS, suggest that while U.S. imports are mostly consumer goods, U.S. exports are mostly of low-value commodities such as wastepaper, chemicals, forest products wood pulp for instance, cotton and other basics.

    Biggest Importers And Exporters

  • "Tire" is a large, cylindrical vessel or vase of blown glass, about the size and shape of a bathroom wastepaper basket.

    New 'Vantage Point' show at American Indian museum shows off symbolic power

  • Round the corner, an artist is putting the finishing touches to a 10-year project to depict biblical scenes out of matches and wastepaper.

    A chilling and cruel tale of two cities | Kevin McKenna

  • Holtby had used council minutes taken from her mother's wastepaper basket to help plot her story.

    Winifred Holtby's South Riding

  • There, one thousand miles from Moscow, in a Russia still cut off from the West, he had invented the elements of the electoral campaign from scratch, long before the ballot box became anything more than a wastepaper receptacle.

    The Return

  • My shouting at the computer and occasionally sending letters that probably disappeared into a virtual wastepaper basket did not get the manufacturers of these fraudulent pills to admit that serotonin cannot -- and will never -- get into the brain from the blood, so taking it by mouth is totally useless.

    Judith J. Wurtman, PhD: What Diet Scams Will the New Year Bring?

  • By the time I reached the hall, I had already tossed my dreams in the wastepaper basket along with the pad that I had brought to record the good news for my mother.

    Manifesting Michelangelo

  • Sometimes he beat out a rhythm on the bottom of an upturned wastepaper bin and chanted snatches of rap, which seemed to be a new interest, but mostly, he was listless and apathetic.

    Henry’s Demons

  • I found a metal wastepaper basket in the corner of my room and used it as a drum.

    Henry’s Demons

  • Apparently working with sewage is a lot better than working with wastepaper.

    The Jobs Americans Leave Fastest, And The Ones They Stay At Longest


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.