Definition of cartoon
1 : a preparatory design, drawing, or painting (as for a fresco)
2a : a drawing intended as satire, caricature, or humor a political cartoonb : comic strip
3 : animated cartoon
4 : a ludicrously simplistic, unrealistic, or one-dimensional portrayal or version the film's villain is an entertaining cartoon
cartoonishplay \-ˈtü-nish\ adjective
cartoonistplay \-ˈtü-nist\ noun
cartoonlikeplay \-ˈtün-ˌlīk\ adjective
cartoonyplay \-ˈtü-nē\ adjective
Examples of cartoon in a Sentence
She enjoys reading the cartoons in the Sunday paper.
The kids are watching cartoons.
Recent Examples of cartoon from the Web
Archie was the smallest guy on the court, feisty and having cartoon shooting range.
Emma Allen, 29, is leading the charge as the magazine's new cartoon editor.
Chuck Goggin won a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star in Vietnam and then wore them—according to the cartoon on the back of his card—pinned to his baseball uniform.
Approximately 15 children attended, and for a nominal fee of $10 (which included a snack), each walked away with a mug decorated with everything from handprints and hearts to cartoon characters and cheerful colors.
Hair was pushed from the face with crisscrossing headbands, creating a cartoon Magna-style look of spiking locks. _
Then there are the memes, so many of them: silly images of Donald Trump, cartoon frogs, disparaging images of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, plenty of objectionable language—
Around the corner are some Elton John memorabilia and a cartoon sketch of Greeley.
Telemundo, in the moments before Comey started, also showed a simulated reconstruction of Trump and Comey meeting in the White House, with conversations in Spanish printed in cartoon-like bubbles over their heads.
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CARTOON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cartoon for English Language Learners
: a drawing in a newspaper or magazine intended as a humorous comment on something
: a series of drawings that tell a story
: a film or television show made by photographing a series of drawings : an animated film or television show
CARTOON Defined for Kids
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