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cartoon

play
noun car·toon \kär-ˈtün\

Simple Definition of cartoon

  • : a drawing in a newspaper or magazine intended as a humorous comment on something

  • : a series of drawings that tell a story

  • : a film or television show made by photographing a series of drawings : an animated film or television show

Full Definition of cartoon

  1. 1 :  a preparatory design, drawing, or painting (as for a fresco)

  2. 2 a :  a drawing intended as satire, caricature, or humor <a political cartoon> b :  comic strip

  3. 3 :  animated cartoon

  4. 4 :  a ludicrously simplistic, unrealistic, or one-dimensional portrayal or version <the film's villain is an entertaining cartoon>

cartoon verb
car·toon·ing noun
car·toon·ish play \-ˈtü-nish\ adjective
car·toon·ish·ly adverb
car·toon·ist play \-ˈtü-nist\ noun
car·toon·like play \-ˈtün-ˌlīk\ adjective
car·toony play \-ˈtü-nē\ adjective

Examples of cartoon

  1. She enjoys reading the cartoons in the Sunday paper.

  2. The kids are watching cartoons.



Origin of cartoon

Italian cartone pasteboard, cartoon, augmentative of carta leaf of paper — more at card


First Known Use: 1671




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