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Background vs. Wallpaper: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on October 17, 2023
Correct spelling: Background - a setting or situation. Wallpaper - paper for covering and decorating walls.

Key Differences

Background generally refers to a setting or situation, while wallpaper is a decorative covering for walls.
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"Wall" in wallpaper gives a clue to its use - for walls.
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Background can be metaphorical (like a person's history), but wallpaper is tangible.
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Think of papering a wall for "wallpaper."
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Background can be anything behind the main subject; wallpaper is specifically for walls.
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Background and Wallpaper Definitions

Background

Background is an incorrect spelling of Wallpaper.
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Wallpaper

A thick paper with patterns for wall decoration.
The vintage wallpaper gave the room a nostalgic feel.
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Wallpaper

Material used to cover and decorate interior walls.
She chose a floral wallpaper for the bedroom.
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Wallpaper

An outer layer on a wall for aesthetics.
The bright wallpaper brightened up the entire space.
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Wallpaper

Patterned paper covering used in homes.
She decided to put up a new wallpaper in the nursery.
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Wallpaper

A digital image used as a decorative background on a screen.
I changed my phone's wallpaper to a beach scene.
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Wallpaper

Paper often colored and printed with designs and pasted to a wall as a decorative covering.
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Wallpaper

A picture or design displayed on the background of a computer screen or cellphone.
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Wallpaper

To cover with wallpaper.
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Wallpaper

To decorate a wall or room with wallpaper.
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Wallpaper

(uncountable) Decorative paper-like material used to cover the inner walls of buildings.
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Wallpaper

(countable) A roll of such paper.
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Wallpaper

(countable) A style or design of such material.
He is letting her select the wallpapers for the whole house.
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Wallpaper

Anything that serves as a background or part of the surroundings.
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Wallpaper

An image or tiled pattern used as the background of a computer desktop.
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Wallpaper

Generic footage of a building or location that may be used in the background of a related news report.
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Wallpaper

Gaudy mass-produced stamps, typically of little or no value and only produced for sale to collectors.
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Wallpaper

A radio operator's collection of awards and QSL cards.
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Wallpaper

(transitive) To cover (a wall, a room, etc) with wallpaper.
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Wallpaper

A decorative paper for the walls of rooms
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Wallpaper

Cover with wallpaper
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FAQs

What is the root word of Wallpaper?

The compound word consists of "wall" and "paper."
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What is the pronunciation of Wallpaper?

Wallpaper is pronounced as wɔːlˈpeɪpər.
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Is Wallpaper an adverb?

No, "Wallpaper" is not an adverb.
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Why is it called Wallpaper?

It's called "wallpaper" because it's paper or material used to cover or "paper" walls.
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Which vowel is used before Wallpaper?

The letter "a" is the vowel in "Wallpaper."
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What is the plural form of Wallpaper?

Wallpapers.
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Which conjunction is used with Wallpaper?

Varies with context; e.g., "and," "but," "or."
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What is the verb form of Wallpaper?

Wallpapering.
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Which preposition is used with Wallpaper?

"On" as in "wallpaper on the wall."
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What is the singular form of Wallpaper?

"Wallpaper" is already in its singular form.
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Is Wallpaper a noun or adjective?

"Wallpaper" is primarily a noun.
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Is Wallpaper a countable noun?

Yes, e.g., "various wallpapers."
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What is the opposite of Wallpaper?

There isn't a direct opposite, but in relation to digital screens, it could be a blank or plain screen.
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Which determiner is used with Wallpaper?

It varies; e.g., "this," "that," "my."
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Is Wallpaper a negative or positive word?

Neutral; it describes a type of covering.
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Is Wallpaper a vowel or consonant?

The word "wallpaper" starts with a consonant.
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Is the word Wallpaper imperative?

No, but it can be used in imperative sentences like, "Wallpaper this room!"
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How many syllables are in Wallpaper?

Three syllables.
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Which article is used with Wallpaper?

"A" or "the" can be used, e.g., "a wallpaper" or "the wallpaper in the room."
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Is Wallpaper an abstract noun?

No, it refers to a tangible material or digital image.
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What part of speech is Wallpaper?

"Wallpaper" is a noun.
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What is the first form of Wallpaper?

As a verb, "wallpaper."
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How is Wallpaper used in a sentence?

She decided to wallpaper the dining room with a vibrant pattern.
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Is the Wallpaper term a metaphor?

In the context of a digital image for a screen, it can be seen as metaphorical.
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Is Wallpaper a collective noun?

No.
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How do we divide Wallpaper into syllables?

Wall-pa-per.
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What is a stressed syllable in Wallpaper?

The first syllable "Wall" is stressed.
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What is another term for Wallpaper?

Wallcovering.
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What is the second form of Wallpaper?

Wallpapered.
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What is the third form of Wallpaper?

Wallpapered.
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