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

Rivera made it from a cardboard box for a solidarity event at the Islamic Cultural Center here following deadly shooting attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Josefin Dolsten, sun-sentinel.com, "Filipino-American dancer turned rabbi wants to change the conversation about Jews of color," 3 July 2019 Each year, highly skilled craftsmen (or anyone who can find a big cardboard box) are challenged to create a watertight vessel that can successfully transport a paddler or two down a portion of the Scantic River. Annie Gentile, courant.com, "Young Captain Gets The Boot At Annual Cardboard Boat Race," 27 June 2019 They are shipped by FedEx in compostable packages and recycled cardboard boxes, and are cooled with ice packs. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Snap Kitchen expands meal delivery service," 24 June 2019 One grew up shooting on a cardboard box attached to his roof, the ball thundering against the clapboard walls, jarring his parents and seven brothers and sisters inside the two-bedroom house without electricity or running water. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Milan Miracle's shadow has made Fillmore the greatest story never told from 1954," 22 June 2019 The adventure that follows involves Woody’s reunion with his old love, lamp figurine Bo Peep (Annie Potts), who’d been shipped off unceremoniously in a cardboard box nine years earlier. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Toy Story 4 Is an Existential Crisis the Whole Family Can Enjoy," 20 June 2019 Using a broom, Darrow swept the bees into her cardboard box. oregonlive.com, "Bees find new home after swarming at Bridgeport Village in Tigard," 20 June 2019 Friday afternoon, the business’s front window was entirely filled with unmarked brown cardboard boxes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Seniors continue to get braces they didn’t order despite federal crackdown," 17 June 2019 In the biting cold of the Southern Hemisphere's winter, dozens of people, including women with toddlers, slept on cardboard boxes or in the dust, holding their places. Fox News, "'We are trapped': Zimbabwe's economic crunch hits passports," 16 June 2019

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 How to pronounce cardboard (audio) \

Kids Definition of cardboard

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

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