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
Meanwhile, features such as The Home Forum, Points of Progress, photo spreads, People Making a Difference, editorial cartoons, and more will appear almost exclusively in the Weekly.
Sometime in the middle of the night, the 13-year-old had climbed out of her bedroom window taking along her phone and her favorite blue cartoon blanket.
The instrument bears a devilish looking, cartoon-like image of a wolf’s face — eyes menacingly narrowed, ears pricked up, red tongue hanging out, fangs at the ready.
Damon Albarn has put together his virtual band with human stand-ins for cartoon characters Murdoc, 2D, Russel and Noodle.
His Royals mural features one of his big cartoon bunnies carrying a baseball bat and a Sluggerrr doll.
There were black-and-white photos of towering waves with surfers zipping across their glassy faces, cartoons, sketches, a cluster of ads from surfboard makers and shapers, and even a short piece of fiction.
Goodwin is scheduled to testify in the case next month, in what would mark a rare appearance for the Scottish banker who’s become something of a cartoon villain for many of the U.K. investors who sued.
No successful television show, cartoon, or film franchise is safe from getting a plasticky new spin for the twenty-first century.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cartoon'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Origin and Etymology of cartoon
Italian cartone pasteboard, cartoon, augmentative of carta leaf of paper — more at card
First Known Use: 1671
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
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up cartoon? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).