1. a book bound in a flexible paper cover, often a lower-priced edition of a hardcover book.


  1. (of a book) bound in a flexible paper cover: a paperback edition of Orwell’s novel.
  2. of, for, or pertaining to paperbacks: a paperback bookstore.


  1. a book or edition with covers made of flexible card, sold relatively cheaplyCompare hardback

adjective Also: paperbound, soft-cover

  1. of or denoting a paperback or publication of paperbacks

verb (tr)

  1. to publish in paperback

n.1899, from paper (n.) + back (n.). Adjective paper-backed attested from 1888.

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