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cardboard

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noun card·board \ˈkärd-ˌbȯrd\

Simple Definition of cardboard

  • : a stiff and thick kind of paper that is used especially for making boxes

Full Definition of cardboard

  1. :  a material made from cellulose fiber (as wood pulp) like paper but usually thicker

card·boardy play \-ˌbȯr-dē\ adjective

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cardboard

adjective card·board

Simple Definition of cardboard

  • : made out of cardboard

  • : not acting or seeming real : having an obviously false or fake quality

Full Definition of cardboard

  1. 1 :  made of or as if of cardboard

  2. 2 :  unreal, stereotyped <a play with cardboard characters>

Examples of cardboard

  1. The play had cardboard characters.



1852

First Known Use of cardboard

1852



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