card·​board | \ ˈkärd-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce cardboard (audio) \

Definition of cardboard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of cardboard (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : made of or as if of cardboard
2 : unreal, stereotyped a play with cardboard characters

Other Words from cardboard


cardboardy \ ˈkärd-​ˌbȯr-​dē How to pronounce cardboard (audio) \ adjective

Examples of cardboard in a Sentence

Noun Cover the windows with cardboard. Adjective The play had cardboard characters.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In another study, published in 2018, participants who watched an awe-inspiring video were better at inventing novel uses for a cardboard box, compared with people who did not watch the video. Matthew Hutson, The New Yorker, 12 May 2022 Police released a photo of the truck Sunday, showing the pickup with an orange traffic cone, a cardboard box and a white bucket in its bed, among other items. Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant, 1 May 2022 The entire collection is free from parabens, phthalates and synthetic dyes, plus the cardboard packaging for the moisturizer and serum is 100% recyclable. Sabina Wizemann, Good Housekeeping, 25 Apr. 2022 Orders assembled for customers sit in giant white plastic bags and cardboard cartons arrayed across pallets, awaiting ships that can carry them across the water to Asia, the Middle East and Europe. New York Times, 20 Apr. 2022 Will there be a reference to the weird ghost child cameo that was actually just the shadow of the cardboard cut-out of Ted Danson and a top hat? Mikey O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Apr. 2022 To use the device, patients blow into a cardboard straw attached to a chemical analyzer. Arkansas Online, 16 Apr. 2022 And with rising timber prices and supply chain shortages, cardboard is costing more. Heather Farmbrough, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 Some spread out newspaper and cardboard boxes on the floor to rest their legs after hours of waiting for the store to open. Byhyerim Lee, ABC News, 10 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Run in loops around St. James’s Park, the race featured cardboard-cutout spectators and a small field of elite runners. Mark Naida, WSJ, 25 Jan. 2022 While the villain is pretty cardboard, this movie is about family and growing up so the sci-fi portion is merely a backdrop. Andy Meek, BGR, 11 Mar. 2022 Thursday, staff at the humane society turned cardboard boxes into rooting boxes, using newspapers to hide treats inside them. Bill Jones,, 10 Dec. 2021 Beginning later this year, Coors Light will instead be packaged in cardboard wrap carriers that are recyclable and sustainably sourced. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 1 Mar. 2022 That's where a scratching post or cardboard scratcher comes into play. Carly Kulzer,, 28 Jan. 2022 Due to the similarities of the cardboard coffee cups, Starbucks received inadvertent marketing and call-outs on social media. Tony M Fountain, Rolling Stone, 19 Jan. 2022 Christmas crackers are cardboard tubes filled with surprises and jokes. Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2021 Lucas selects a thin cardboard canvas from a thick stack. Alexis E. Barton, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of cardboard


1789, in the meaning defined above


1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 May 2022

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“Cardboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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card·​board | \ ˈkärd-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce cardboard (audio) \

Kids Definition of cardboard

: a stiff thick kind of paper used especially to make boxes


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