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Definition of "paperweight" [pa•per•weight]

  • A small, heavy, often decorative object that is placed on loose papers to hold them down. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "paperweight" in a sentence
  • "The technical knowledge, training and expertise of a politician, as it relates to computers, software, licensing, or anything more complex than a paperweight, is basically that of a 6 year old child."
  • "Someone had picked up the glass paperweight from the table and smashed it to pieces on the hearth-stone."
  • "From that point on, the card has been a "paperweight" - literally-and those treasured photos were completely lost."