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 cardboard (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 For decades, the bones sat quietly in a cardboard box in a Philadelphia museum — the fragmented remains of a police bombing that had rocked the city more than 30 years ago. Washington Post, "A Philly museum kept the bones of a Black child killed in a police bombing. Decades later, it’s apologizing.," 30 Apr. 2021 The product is being shipped in a white cardboard box with 25 pcs of 200g. Yoni Heisler, BGR, "If you bought this popular food item, you’ll want to throw it away now," 28 Apr. 2021 Based on the footage, Denver seems unfazed by the cozy crate and looks comfortable snuggled into his puppy friend's kennel, similar to a feline who smushed themselves into a too-small cardboard box. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Watch German Shepherd Dog Happily Squeeze into a Tiny Carrier Instead of His Own Roomy Kennel," 26 Apr. 2021 The same day, the news site Billy Penn reported that the remains had been kept in a cardboard box on a shelf. BostonGlobe.com, "Decades after police bombing, Philadelphians ‘sickened’ by handling of victim’s bones," 24 Apr. 2021 Someone in green camouflage fatigues with black master sergeant stripes jumped out and grabbed a cardboard box. Mike Masterson, Arkansas Online, "MASTERSON ONLINE: Forgoing transparency," 24 Apr. 2021 Build a security checkpoint using a doorway as the metal detector and a cardboard box and towel as the conveyor belt and X-ray. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Everything You Need to Know Before Flying With a Baby or Young Kids," 13 Apr. 2021 One was left hanging on the display, but the rest went into a cardboard box. John Canzano, oregonlive, "Canzano: Oregon Ducks are a program in need of a big transformation," 29 Mar. 2021 Lil Nas X, who is not listed as a defendant in the case, responded to the news of the lawsuit with a GIF, comparing himself to Squidward from Spongebob Squarepants living in a cardboard box shaking a cup for change. Los Angeles Times, "Nike sues novelty company MSCHF over Lil Nas X’s ‘Satan Shoes’ collab," 29 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The cardboard pictorial cards are still sought today for their art and messaging. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "Advertising art showcased great talents: Yenke Peddler antiques," 22 Apr. 2021 Above the text is a photo purportedly of the 9-year-old boy and an image of a cardboard version of the Nintendo game. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Nintendo did not sue 9-year-old boy for creating cardboard console," 30 Jan. 2021 The vehicle was so new Nazario hadn't yet gotten permanent plates, but had his cardboard temporary plates taped inside the rear window of the vehicle. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, "Police pull guns on and spray Black-Latino Army officer during traffic stop, lawsuit says," 10 Apr. 2021 Senior home editor Katy Kiick Condon has always been a fan of Native’s clean deodorant, and the brand recently released a plastic-free version of the product that comes packaged in cardboard tubes instead. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "16 Sustainable Products Our Editors Can't Live Without," 23 Mar. 2021 The cutouts — which sort of gave fans a chance to feel part of it — were cardboard reminders that real people weren’t allowed. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "How the coronavirus gave sports a much-needed dose of perspective," 11 Mar. 2021 That means living, breathing fans — not just the cardboard ones — will attend the Phillies home opener on April 1 against Atlanta after a 2020 regular season saw no real spectators in the attendance. Anthony Stitt, Forbes, "Philadelphia To Allow Some Phillies Fans At The Ballpark This Season," 26 Feb. 2021 The headset device can look like a gaming device or be as simple as creating a cardboard holder to place a smartphone in. Lorne Fade, Forbes, "How VR And AR Are Impacting Immersive Learning," 5 Mar. 2021 Actual fans, to be clear, not the cardboard variety that were cute to begin with but now thankfully need to find new homes in closets across the country. Tim Dahlberg, Star Tribune, "Column: A feel-good start to a feel-good baseball season," 2 Mar. 2021

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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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7 May 2021

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“Cardboard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cardboard. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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