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card·​board ˈkärd-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce cardboard (audio)
: a material made from cellulose fiber (such as wood pulp) like paper but usually thicker
cardboardy adjective


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

Examples of cardboard in a Sentence

Noun Cover the windows with cardboard. Adjective The play had cardboard characters.
Recent Examples on the Web
This Godiva calendar has 25 pieces of decadent chocolate nestled behind its cardboard doors. Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, 27 Nov. 2023 Unable to return to their town, which is still occupied by Eritrean soldiers, Shila and her family are staying in a classroom with 19 other families, sleeping on scraps of cardboard. Katharine Houreld, Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2023 The kit comes with 16 cardboard panels for kiddos to fasten together with hook and loop connectors. Tanya Edwards, Parents, 25 Nov. 2023 The City Council passed legislation in 1989 requiring millions of households to bundle newspapers, magazines and cardboard and separate them from other trash, and to place glass bottles and metal cans in their own plastic bags or receptacles for curbside pickup. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 17 Nov. 2023 And there are all these stories about the allotment of condoms and cardboard beds that are designed to break if the lovemaking is too vigorous? Vulture, 3 Nov. 2023 Of course, this is Nintendo, so there's always a chance the company will throw a Wii U-style curveball and surprise everyone with a cardboard VR headset that tracks your sleep patterns or something. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 3 Nov. 2023 Throughout the video Richardson dances with friends in a hotel suite and even kisses a cardboard cutout of Nick while blindfolded. Danielle Bacher, Peoplemag, 2 Nov. 2023 Which gives a bunny the idea: to don a cardboard box and act like a robot. Roxana Popescu, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Nov. 2023
One older trick to protect young stems is fitting the cardboard portion of a toilet paper roll around the stem as a barrier. Tom MacCubbin, Orlando Sentinel, 21 Jan. 2023 Then, boxes were shallow cardboard squares with flaps to lock them into place. Saahil Desai, The Atlantic, 13 Jan. 2023 Last Halloween, two doors down, a law librarian named Patty had lain in a cardboard coffin on her porch, dressed as Dracula, and jump-scared even the two-year-old next door, who leaped about ten feet into her brother’s arms. Matthew Klam, The New Yorker, 12 Dec. 2022 On November 22, the Dollface star shared a video on Instagram of what looked to be a piece of paper bustling through the wind of a cardboard city. Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 3 Dec. 2022 Secure a cool moon and clouds kit with balloons or glittery cardboard cloud cutouts to impress your peers. Editors, Seventeen, 1 Dec. 2022 The facility was evacuated after a cardboard compactor caught fire last week, two days after the JFK8 fire, which was similar. Karen Weise, New York Times, 11 Oct. 2022 In the shadows for more than a half century, Mothman is now everywhere — in a stainless steel statue near downtown, in graffiti on the walls of the public bathrooms, in a cardboard frame with a face cutout so tourists can take photos. Emma Platoff,, 3 Nov. 2022 The two sat at a table in front of a black curtain and a cardboard logo for the channel. Chicago Tribune, 27 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1789, in the meaning defined above


1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cardboard was in 1789

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“Cardboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


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