Definition of wallpaper in English:



mass noun
  • 1Paper that is pasted in vertical strips over the walls of a room to provide a decorative surface.

    ‘a roll of wallpaper’
    count noun ‘an exclusive range of fabrics and wallpapers’
    • ‘This custom wallpaper is more expensive than some readymade wallpapers, but you can stretch your decorating budget - and give the one-of-a-kind look more prominence - by papering partial walls or a single wall.’
    • ‘In the dining room, layers of wallpaper are being stripped back to reveal a stencilled wall done in terracotta and yellow, not the dark colours you normally associate with Victorian housing.’
    • ‘Bradbury's company has been long considered the standard setter in the tradition-steeped art of authentically designing and reproducing Victorian, neoclassical, and Arts and Crafts wallpapers.’
    • ‘Standard wallpapers consist of a front and backside made of paper.’
    • ‘At these introductory courses students will get hands on experience of working with interior design dealing with actual samples of curtain and upholstery fabrics, wallpapers, borders, flooring, trims, and colour cards.’
    • ‘As finances permitted, in the living room and one bedroom the dark and tattered wallpapers were stripped and a decorator skilled at papering scrim walls put up new wallpaper.’
    • ‘Improper surface preparation may also cause some wallpapers to contract on the wall resulting in gaps.’
    • ‘We've stripped more wallpaper from the dining room, and started clearing everything out of it.’
    • ‘The twin bedroom is particularly charming and is now a children's room with nursery rhyme wallpaper and decorative features.’
    • ‘The wallpapers, which cost €35 for 10m, were released to coincide with Habitat's reopening in the former Bank of Ireland building at Dublin's College Green.’
    • ‘Both textile and paper wallpapers should be installed by professionals.’
    • ‘An expert will visit your home and plan a scheme based on the dimensions of the hallway and position of the living room, and any wallpapers, fabrics and furnishings you have planned.’
    • ‘Chinese wallpapers, known as India papers, began to arrive in Europe around the end of the seventeenth century and proved so popular that they were soon being produced especially for the European market.’
    • ‘If you are wallpapering a room that flows into another, make sure that the wallpapers in each room flow together.’
    • ‘Decorated with wallpapers and furnishings from the late 1800s, rooms have the eccentric yet comfortable Victorian charm of your grandmother's home.’
    • ‘It follows that the plants themselves and depictions in botanical prints, fabrics, wallpapers, and on china suggest traditional English country decorating.’
    • ‘Collect samples of fabrics, wallpapers and paint colours that appeal to you and assemble them on your board.’
    • ‘The Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture has an online search engine that lets you get at its fascinating collection of British wallpapers and textiles from the 1870s to the 1960s.’
    • ‘Picking fabrics, wallpapers and colourful accessories are an economical and restrained way to experiment with using colour.’
    • ‘The wallpaper at Winterthur shares landscape and architectural element as well as figures with the Beauport paper and other painted wallpapers imported from China in the eighteenth century.’
    wallpaper, wallcovering
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    1. 1.1 Something, especially music, that provides a bland or unvaried background.
      ‘soothing sonic wallpaper’
      • ‘Closer inspection reveals, however, that this is simply tepid wallpaper music that's been dressed up with a few modern beats.’
      • ‘Mozart is the superstore wallpaper of classical music, the composer who pleases most and offends least.’
      • ‘Wherever we went we were followed by a sometimes annoyingly indistinct and sometimes annoyingly disruptive wallpaper of music ranging from the ambient and the classical to the irritating and the banal.’
      • ‘It's far from wallpaper music, however, and for a first LP is accomplished and highly listenable.’
      • ‘In terms of content, The Afternoon Show is the cheapest brand of wallpaper TV, beige embossed on beige.’
      • ‘The music on the album is nothing startling or genre smashing, but could serve as pleasant wallpaper / graffiti music at any frosh week or first-year dorm activity.’
      • ‘However, other songs, like ‘Lily of the Sky’ and ‘Marigold,’ are just sonic wallpaper.’
      • ‘The previous night he bought #150 worth of CDs at Tower which he justified on the basis that he needs background music as wallpaper to his painting.’
      • ‘Lyrically both yearn for something fresher and more substantial, although how that squares with making an album of sonic wallpaper is anyone's guess.’
      • ‘Let's not confuse World music with bland wallpaper forcing listeners to entertain themselves.’
    2. 1.2 An optional background pattern or picture serving as a background on a computer or mobile phone screen.
      • ‘I've created a set of 20 desktop wallpapers compiled from eight years of photos.’
      • ‘We not only have a detailed video review, but also high-res movies, and even custom wallpaper for your computer desktop.’
      • ‘I am stunned into inaction by the brilliance of Darren's un-celebrity desktop wallpapers.’
      • ‘I always get my wallpapers and desktop icons from thereabouts.’
      • ‘She will also provide services like ringtones, Java games and wallpapers.’


[with object]
  • Apply wallpaper to (a wall or room)

    ‘we were wallpapering a wall’
    ‘he was planning to do some wallpapering this month’
    ‘the wallpapered wall behind the stairs’
    • ‘The ceilings are painted an off-white color, and we have wallpapered boarders with flowers blooming on them.’
    • ‘In the room, the walls were wallpapered with scenery, a mythological forest.’
    • ‘This high-ceilinged area is wallpapered in yellow.’
    • ‘The odd man out was discovered by Duggan in a house in South Great George's Street - a panel from a room entirely wallpapered in the covers of Time Magazine circa 1960 to 1970.’
    • ‘However, the task will probably mean that the affected walls will need replastering, repainting, or wallpapering once the new plaster boards have been fitted.’
    • ‘He wallpapered the hallway leading to the gallery with blueprints bearing the repeated image of a moon rock.’
    • ‘As they passed a sort of kitchen, suddenly the walls were wallpapered, and the next thing she knew her paws were sinking into thick shag carpeting.’
    • ‘If you are wallpapering a room that flows into another, make sure that the wallpapers in each room flow together.’
    • ‘Reexamination of the walls revealed that two rooms were originally wallpapered.’
    • ‘It is peppy, but not too peppy, giving us a sense of their controlled lifestyle and tediousness - this is the couple who is spending their vacation refinished furniture and wallpapering the guest room.’
    • ‘You can use them to add a special decorative touch to painted, wallpapered or faux-finished walls.’
    • ‘Through scientific analysis he was able to determine a great deal, including that the room was originally wallpapered and the woodwork was painted a warm gray.’
    • ‘To the left, the drawing room is wallpapered in green and overlooks the front garden through a window with original shutters.’
    • ‘The walls were wallpapered in a warm red color, with a single oak bed angled next to a large window overlooking the fields below us.’
    • ‘Both of these reception rooms are wallpapered in peach.’
    • ‘The family bathroom has a mosaic tiled floor and is wallpapered.’
    • ‘My room was actually wallpapered with ‘National Geographic’ maps and my book shelves all had ‘National Geographic’ magazines.’
    • ‘Last night I wallpapered the kitchen then went swimming at 9pm.’
    • ‘There was even a small information kiosk that was wallpapered with maps of all the floors of the school.’
    • ‘Over the years, the walls have been painted and wallpapered, woodstoves have come and gone, and faces have aged and been replaced by new faces.’
    paint, paper, furbish, smarten up
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