stick figure


: a drawing showing the head of a human being or animal as a circle and all other parts as straight lines
: a fictional character lacking depth and believability

Examples of stick figure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These stick figures remind me of fishermen in an old Japanese woodblock print, their histories and identities dissolved by the low light and the immensity of their stage. Chandrahas Choudhury, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Mar. 2024 Despite granting the filmmakers extensive access, Martin chooses not to share an image of his daughter (a stick figure stands in for her), preferring to keep some parts of his life private. Brian Lowry, CNN, 28 Mar. 2024 Include little stick figures or icons to represent your favorite stops. Janine MacLachlan, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 What about those hanging stick figures, reminiscent of Season 1? Michael Schneider, Variety, 22 Jan. 2024 Then, Teddy’s artwork becomes increasingly sinister, and his stick figures quickly evolve into lifelike sketches well beyond the ability of any five-year-old. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 23 Oct. 2023 According to officials, on October 20, a student at Chevy Chase Elementary reported finding swastikas, inappropriate words, and a stick figure drawing of a person firing weapons displayed on a wall in the boys’ bathroom. Stepheny Price, Fox News, 2 Nov. 2023 For its final shot, an overhead view reveals the show’s infamous stick figure. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 5 May 2023 Being able to express and reclaim the Barbie into not just a stick figure, but something that comes in all sizes and all shapes. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of stick figure was in 1903

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Cite this Entry

“Stick figure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

stick figure

: a drawing showing the head of a human being or animal as a circle and all other parts as straight lines
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