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 \-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

The medical student, who asked that she not be named, spent hours on the floor with her bloody leg set in a splint made of sticks and cardboard. Joshua Partlow, chicagotribune.com, "Inside the church where Nicaraguan paramilitaries laid siege on university students," 14 July 2018 On a table, a series of small cardboard stand-up cutouts of characters Kole has created based upon strains of marijuana. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Marijuana advocates promote education amidst growing legalization push," 14 July 2018 But there are lots of people here for the cardboard boat race which is always a lot of fun. David Sharos, Aurora Beacon-News, "Saturday fireworks planned as Yorkville River Fest celebrates on and near the water," 14 July 2018 From that beach, preregistered teams that have built crafts out of, yes, cardboard will competitively sail — and often sink. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "9 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 Multiple lanes of the eastbound North Loop are closed at Main this morning as Houston firefighters work to extinguish an 18-wheeler containing bales of burning cardboard. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Cargo 'like a burning onion' in big rig fire on North Loop," 12 July 2018 On Sunday, the last day of a week of celebrating American independence, a living symbol of America was brought to a mountaintop in Maryland in a cardboard carton, and let out to seek his own freedom. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "A once-weakened bald eagle is released four days after the Fourth," 10 July 2018 Spiders were placed on a cardboard strip in the center of the box. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Spiders Can Fly Through the Air for Miles Using Electricity, Study Finds," 6 July 2018 Our crepes arrived rolled into a triangular cardboard sleeve, the shape of a giant Toblerone. Alex Kiesig, idahostatesman, "'I love this city': Eat your way through the Capital City Public Market," 6 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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Time Traveler for cardboard

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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