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cartoon

play
noun, often attributive 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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

cartooning

noun

cartoonish

play \-ˈtü-nish\ adjective

cartoonishly

adverb

cartoonist

play \-ˈtü-nist\ noun

cartoonlike

play \-ˈtün-ˌlīk\ adjective

cartoony

play \-ˈtü-nē\ adjective

Examples of cartoon in a sentence

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

  2. The kids are watching cartoons.



Origin and Etymology of cartoon

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


First Known Use: 1671



CARTOON Defined for Kids

cartoon

play
noun car·toon \kär-ˈtün\

Definition of cartoon for Students

  1. 1 :  a movie or television program made by photographing a series of drawings

  2. 2 :  a drawing (as in a newspaper) making people or objects look funny or foolish

  3. 3 :  comic strip





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