cartoon

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noun, often attributive car·toon \kär-ˈtün\

Definition of cartoon

  1. 1 :  a preparatory design, drawing, or painting (as for a fresco)

  2. 2a :  a drawing intended as satire, caricature, or humor a political cartoonb :  comic strip

  3. 3 :  animated cartoon

  4. 4 :  a ludicrously simplistic, unrealistic, or one-dimensional portrayal or version the film's villain is an entertaining cartoon

cartoon

verb

cartooning

noun

cartoonish

play \-ˈtü-nish\ adjective

cartoonishly

adverb

cartoonist

play \-ˈtü-nist\ noun

cartoonlike

play \-ˈtün-ˌlīk\ adjective

cartoony

play \-ˈtü-nē\ adjective

Examples of cartoon in a Sentence

  1. She enjoys reading the cartoons in the Sunday paper.

  2. The kids are watching cartoons.

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Origin and Etymology of cartoon

Italian cartone pasteboard, cartoon, augmentative of carta leaf of paper — more at card



CARTOON Defined for English Language Learners

cartoon

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noun

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

cartoon

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noun car·toon \kär-ˈtün\

Definition of cartoon for Students

  1. 1 :  a movie or television program made by photographing a series of drawings

  2. 2 :  a drawing (as in a newspaper) making people or objects look funny or foolish

  3. 3 :  comic strip



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