paper tiger Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “paper tiger” in the English Dictionary

"paper tiger" in British English

See all translations

paper tigernoun [C]

uk   us   disapproving
something, such as an ​enemy or ​foreigncountry, that ​seems very ​strong and ​dangerous but is really ​weak and not ​harmful: The ​Soviet Union was ​suddenlyrevealed as a ​papertiger.
(Definition of paper tiger from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “paper tiger”
in Chinese (Simplified) 纸老虎(指外强中干的敌人或国家)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 紙老虎(指外強中乾的敵人或國家)…
What is the pronunciation of paper tiger?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

autumnal

typical of autumn

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More