- 1plaster something to cover a wall, etc. with plaster The walls need plastering before we can start decorating. CollocationsDecorating and home improvementHouses refurbish/renovate/ (British English) do up a building/a house convert a building/house/room into homes/offices/(especially North American English) apartments/(British English) flats extend/enlarge a house/building/room/kitchen build (British English) an extension (to the back/rear of a house)/(North American English) an addition (on/to something)/(British English) a conservatory knock down/demolish a house/home/building/wall knock out/through the wall separating two roomsDecoration furnish/paint/ (especially British English) decorate a home/house/apartment/flat/room be decorated in bright colours/(especially US English) colors/in a traditional style/with flowers/with paintings paint/plaster the walls/ceiling hang/put up/strip off/remove the wallpaper install/replace/remove the bathroom fixtures/(British English) fittings build/put up shelves lay wooden flooring/timber decking/floor tiles/a carpet/a patio put up/hang/take down a picture/painting/poster/curtainDIY/home improvement do (British English) DIY/carpentry/the plumbing/the wiring make home improvements add/install central heating/underfloor heating/insulation fit/install double-glazing/a smoke alarm insulate your house/your home/the walls/the pipes/the tanks/(especially British English) the loft fix/repair a roof/a leak/a pipe/the plumbing/a leaking (especially British English) tap/(usually North American English) faucet block/clog (up)/unblock/unclog a pipe/sink make/drill/fill a hole hammer (in)/pull out/remove a nail tighten/untighten/loosen/remove a screw saw/cut/treat/stain/varnish/paint wood See related entries: Describing architecture, Construction
- 2plaster somebody/something/yourself in/with something to cover somebody/something with a wet or sticky substance She plastered herself in suntan lotion. We were plastered from head to foot with mud.
- 3plaster something + adv./prep. to make your hair flat and stick to your head His wet hair was plastered to his head.
- 4plaster something + adv./prep. to completely cover a surface with pictures or posters Her bedroom wall was plastered with photos of him. She had photos of him plastered all over her bedroom wall. The next day their picture was plastered all over the newspapers. Word Origin Old English, denoting a bandage spread with a curative substance, from medieval Latin plastrum (shortening of Latin emplastrum, from Greek emplastron
BrE BrE//ˈplɑːstə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈplæstər//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they plaster
BrE BrE//ˈplɑːstə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈplæstər//he / she / it plasters
BrE BrE//ˈplɑːstəz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈplæstərz//past simple plastered
BrE BrE//ˈplɑːstəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈplæstərd//past participle plastered
BrE BrE//ˈplɑːstəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈplæstərd//-ing form plastering
BrE BrE//ˈplɑːstərɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈplæstərɪŋ//Describing architecture, Construction