from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that is seemingly dangerous and powerful but is in fact timid and weak: "They are paper tigers, weak and indecisive” ( Frederick Forsyth).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A seemingly fierce person or thing without the ability to back up their words.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a person or group that appears to be powerful and dangerous but is in fact weak and ineffectual.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the nature of a person or organization that appears powerful but is actually powerless and ineffectual
Translating Mandarin 纸老虎 (simplified) / 紙老虎 (traditional) / zhǐ lǎohǔ (pinyin) (Wiktionary)