cartoon

noun, often attributive
car·​toon | \ kär-ˈtün How to pronounce cartoon (audio) \

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

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Other Words from cartoon

cartoon verb
cartooning \ kär-​ˈtü-​niŋ How to pronounce cartooning (audio) \ noun
cartoonish \ kär-​ˈtü-​nish How to pronounce cartoonish (audio) \ adjective
cartoonishly adverb
cartoonist \ kär-​ˈtü-​nist How to pronounce cartoonist (audio) \ noun
cartoonlike \ kär-​ˈtün-​ˌlīk How to pronounce cartoonlike (audio) \ adjective
cartoony \ kär-​ˈtü-​nē How to pronounce cartoony (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for cartoon

Synonyms

delineation, drawing, sketch

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Examples of cartoon in a Sentence

She enjoys reading the cartoons in the Sunday paper. The kids are watching cartoons.

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This was accompanied by a cartoon of two men, one wearing overalls and toting a toolbox and the other with a suit and briefcase. Ben Zimmer, The Atlantic, "How ‘People Who Shower After Work’ Became a Political Talking Point," 31 July 2019 Fortune PBS produces the first children’s show that centers on an Alaska Native family Molly of Denali sounds like a delight, a cartoon about a 10-year-old Athabascan girl with a video blog that describes the ins-and-outs of life in rural Alaska. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Confronting Bias In A.I.: raceAhead," 16 July 2019 Inspired by the power of a charismatic cartoon, the War Advertising Council dreamed up Smokey in his ranger’s hat and dungarees. Lyndsie Bourgon, Smithsonian, "A Brief History of Smokey Bear, the Forest Service’s Legendary Mascot," 10 July 2019 The design is based on Paw Patrol, a popular cartoon featuring a group of search and rescue dogs. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "6-year old Alabama drowning victim gets Paw Patrol final resting place," 10 July 2019 Rather than watching cartoons, the family focuses on books, which is why good reads are stashed in every room. Jennifer Blaise Kramer, House Beautiful, "This Home Is the Ultimate Island Getaway, No Matter Your Age," 28 June 2019 On television, viewers could see a Tom and Jerry cartoon featuring the character Mammy Two Shoes, an obese black maid who spoke in a stereotypical voice. Russell Contreras, The Seattle Times, "Before multiculturalism, blackface rampant in US pop culture," 10 Feb. 2019 Abrams woke up the next day to find her son next to her watching cartoons. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Sil Lai Abrams Accuses Russell Simmons, A.J. Calloway of Sexual Assault, Slams NBC For Silencing Her Voice: Report," 28 June 2018 Guatemalan consular officials could be seen meeting with women as children waited in line for burritos or watched cartoons on televisions suspended over their chain-link fenced holding areas. Jazmine Ulloa, latimes.com, "Border Patrol stops handing over most immigrant parents for prosecution, but won't say when families will be reunified," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of cartoon

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cartoon

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

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The first known use of cartoon was in 1671

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More Definitions for cartoon

cartoon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cartoon

: 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

noun
car·​toon | \ kär-ˈtün How to pronounce cartoon (audio) \

Kids Definition of cartoon

1 : a movie or television program made by photographing a series of drawings
2 : a drawing (as in a newspaper) making people or objects look funny or foolish

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