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

For example, the migrating bird race used string and plastic cups, while vole in the hole used painted cardboard as one of the materials in a skee-ball style game. Rachel K. Hindery, chicagotribune.com, "Kids learn creative re-use can be fun with ‘Faire at the Square’ environmental message," 16 Sep. 2019 Pyrite from Colorado, thundereggs from Oregon and black tourmaline from Mexico are piled in the upturned lids of cardboard document boxes. Eric Ducker, Los Angeles Times, "At the Mujeres Market, women, queer and trans people of color find a safe space to sell their products," 14 Sep. 2019 Other Switch accessories like the Labo kits, which are for games that involve building cardboard accessories, haven't met expectations with mediocre sales. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "Nintendo Unveils New Fitness Game: ‘Ring Fit Adventure.’ Here’s What It’s Like," 12 Sep. 2019 Police told Fox News the body was also wrapped in cardboard. Fox News, "Body wrapped in carpet found outside New York City Starbucks, police say," 12 Sep. 2019 The brand also uses other sustainable materials like recycled water bottles for the polyester in the laces, recycled cardboard that makes up 90% of the packaging, sugar cane in the foam sole, and castor bean oil in the insole. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "We Reviewed Allbirds, the "World's Most Comfortable" Shoes — Here's What You Need to Know," 11 Sep. 2019 Some people scooped up handfuls of dirt and packed it in souvenir cardboard boxes. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: From ‘locked and loaded’ to ‘no rush’," 17 Sep. 2019 Five years ago, the start-up started slinging compressed mattresses in cardboard boxes straight to buyers’ homes — an alternative to cluttered mattress chains that tried to baffle consumers with jargon. Sheila Marikar, New York Times, "Casper Dreams of Being Bigger Than Mattresses," 13 Sep. 2019 In one corner, canvasses are being stretched and spray painted, while at another, someone is folding and stacking cardboard boxes. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This New Company Wants to be the Ikea of Art," 5 Sep. 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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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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