cardboard

noun
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

cardboard

adjective

Definition of cardboard (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from cardboard

Noun

cardboardy \ ˈkärd-​ˌbȯr-​dē How to pronounce cardboardy (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

There were cardboard boxes on the ground full of wristbands, VIP wristbands, the platinum wristband, the general admissions one. Amanda Brooks, Vogue, "I Went to the Fyre Festival and All I Got Was This Third-Degree Sunburn," 26 Apr. 2019 Seven corsets are on view here, for example, made variously of metal, cardboard, leather, plaster, bandages, cotton and felt, and looking like instruments of torture. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "‘Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving’ Review: Searching for the Artist," 9 Feb. 2019 By now, most of us know plastic, cardboard, glass, and other recyclable materials don’t belong in a landfill. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Did Marie Kondo Inspire You to Clean Out Your Closet This Weekend? Here Are the 5 Best Ways to Do It," 18 Jan. 2019 Starting in the 1970s, Congolese artist Kingelez envisioned vibrant buildings and cities of the future with paper, cardboard, plastic, and packaging, sculpting an alternative vision to the post-colonial development of Kinshasa. Curbed Staff, Curbed, "18 enticing new books on design, cities, and more," 14 Dec. 2018 Scores of them lay at roadsides for authorities to retrieve, covered with whatever people could find corrugated iron rooftop slabs, wooden planks, cardboard, a broken desk drawer. Todd Pitman, Fox News, "AP WAS THERE: 2013 typhoon kills thousands in Philippines," 15 Sep. 2018 Years ago, White created another set of cardboard, puppet siblings, The Louvin Brothers, based on the country-and-gospel duet. Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times, "Artist Wayne White’s 14-foot Boren Sisters will attend Montlake Elementary this fall," 9 Aug. 2018 It’s mostly cut up pieces of cardboard, with a few bags of plastic odds and ends mixed in. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google," 11 July 2018 The average price of cardboard in the Southwest, for instance, has fallen in value from $165 a ton in June 2017 to $80 in June 2018. Megan Janetsky, azcentral, "Some of your recyclables may be going to landfills," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

There's no equivalent of the shoddy, cardboard cutout effect seen in that Hendrix clip, or in other hit-and-miss footage from 3D movies or television. Erik Sofge, Popular Mechanics, "Why 3D Doesn't Work for TV, But Is Great for Gaming: Analysis," 11 Mar. 2010

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First Known Use of cardboard

Noun

1831, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cardboard was in 1831

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More Definitions for cardboard

cardboard

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cardboard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a stiff and thick kind of paper that is used especially for making boxes

cardboard

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of cardboard (Entry 2 of 2)

: made out of cardboard
: not acting or seeming real : having an obviously false or fake quality

cardboard

noun
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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