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 When Fisher was testing a Lexus in 2012, his 8-year-old son Ben asked about the glow-in-the-dark handle with a stick figure. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 2 July 2022 Not long after, vandalism in a campus bathroom depicted a stick figure hanging from a noose with the N-word next to it. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 June 2022 The movie turns the poet—a wild fantasist and a beguiler—into a stick figure of goodness. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 25 Feb. 2022 The patent’s stick figure illustrations demonstrate the infinite possibilities: crab walk rollerblading, side-crawl rollerblading, squat position rollerblading. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Feb. 2022 Jurors viewed the note, which included a drawing of a person hanging by a noose, with a gun pointed at the stick figure. NBC News, 2 Dec. 2021 Lago di Como is famous among Italians for its shape: like a stick figure of a man with two legs striding out. Rick Steves,, 21 Oct. 2021 The test was straightforward: draw a stick figure family of three. Harper's Magazine, 28 Sep. 2021 One proposed an image of a stick figure shooting another. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of stick figure

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

9 Jul 2022

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“Stick figure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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