stick figure


Definition of stick figure

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

Examples of stick figure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One proposed an image of a stick figure shooting another. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2021 There’s a chair at the lower left that only a stick figure could fit into. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 8 Feb. 2021 If any aliens ever encounter and decode the message—which scientists admit is unlikely—they’ll find images of Arecibo telescope, our solar system, DNA and a stick figure of a human, portrayed in sequences of ones and zeroes. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Aug. 2020 Her run through the town of Franklinton in May resembled a stick figure waving. Ricki Harris, Wired, 21 Aug. 2020 In January, the only Black basketball player at a West Virginia high school found a drawing of a stick figure on a noose with his name. Alaa Elassar, CNN, 23 June 2020 This brain network is activated by any stimulus that even suggests a person, such as a stick figure or emoji. Michaela Porubanova, The Conversation, 22 May 2020 This video is either unavailable or not supported in this browser The mural itself depicts a young girl, who has a pencil bag with chalk and pencils spilling out of it, surrounded by a half-circle of stick figures, holding hands. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, 21 May 2020 In it, the titular character, an eternally grumpy and sarcastic stick figure, self-quarantines for a year with her husband and two kids. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 5 May 2020

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First Known Use of stick figure

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of stick figure was in 1903

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“Stick figure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stick figure

: a drawing that shows the head of a person or animal as a circle and all other parts as usually straight lines


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