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cartoon

cartoon

noun, car·toon often attributive \kär-ˈtün\

: 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
:  a preparatory design, drawing, or painting (as for a fresco)
2
a :  a drawing intended as satire, caricature, or humor <a political cartoon>
b :  comic strip
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 \-ˈtü-nish\ adjective
car·toon·ish·ly adverb
car·toon·ist \-ˈtü-nist\ noun
car·toon·like \-ˈtün-ˌlīk\ adjective
car·toony \-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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