cardboard

noun
card·​board | \ ˈkärd-ˌbȯrd \

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 \ 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

Always one to get the last laugh, JoJo then snapped a photo of herself posing with cardboard cutout of Justin. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "The "Feud" Between Justin Bieber and JoJo Siwa Has Continued," 12 Jan. 2019 The incident came less than a month before FBI agents raided Gilliam’s house, removing numerous cardboard boxes and computer equipment while carrying out a search warrant. Wayne Parry, The Seattle Times, "Atlantic City mayor, councilman plead not guilty in brawl," 11 Dec. 2018 Kylie also transformed herself into a life-size Barbie doll, pink car and cardboard box included. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Just Revealed the Halloween Costume She Wore While Pregnant," 2 Nov. 2018 The photo, which was reportedly snapped before the first couple headed to the Congressional Ball last Saturday, shows FLOTUS and POTUS looking almost like cardboard cutout versions of themselves. Vogue, "What's Up With This Year's Surreal White House Christmas Portrait?," 18 Dec. 2018 Kelli Ward, a Senate candidate in Arizona, walking past a cardboard cutout of President Trump and Melania Trump on May 8 in Sun Lakes, Ariz. Janet Hook, WSJ, "‘It Is the Era of Trump’: How the President Is Remaking the Republican Party," 27 Aug. 2018 Armed with photos and ideas from the internet, Blake's grandpa, Gary, set to work to build his costume out of cardboard. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Best Grandpa Ever Makes the Cutest Halloween Costume for His Grandson With Spina Bifida," 24 Oct. 2018 Amazon, a driver of the online retail revolution that introduced plenty of cardboard into peoples’ homes, is no different. Matt Day, The Seattle Times, "Amazon investing $10 million to boost U.S. recycling rate," 16 Oct. 2018 Cut the corners off at a diagonal, and cut two more panels of cardboard to create a roof. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "4 Great Halloween Costumes From the PM Archives," 11 Oct. 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 \

Kids Definition of cardboard

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

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