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 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, "Why the noose is such a potent symbol of hate," 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, "Humanizing the coronavirus as an invisible enemy is human nature," 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, "Giant Mural in Switzerland Sends a Message of Hope in Wake of Coronavirus," 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, "The Political Consequences of Loneliness and Isolation During the Pandemic," 5 May 2020 Nicholas is a stick figure whose upper lip stays stiff throughout a series of daunting setbacks, including a term at a school whose name says it all: Dotheboys Hall. Washington Post, "Here are some of my favorite escapist novels. You may have other ideas. Share them with us.," 30 Apr. 2020 Tyler Joe The book’s cover is simple: a stick figure of a girl with a star over her head. Kaitlin Menza, Marie Claire, "Welcome to Graceland," 13 Mar. 2020 Inside, there was a drawing of a stick figure hanging from a tree, a threatening note made out of cutout letters, and then-unknown powder which was later identified as crushed Asprin. Sarah Midkiff,, "A Timeline Of Jussie Smollett’s Case: From Alleged Hate Crime To Grand Jury Charges," 12 Feb. 2020 The student, Jace Colucci, said a stick figure with a noose was drawn with his name and an arrow written next to it. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "High school basketball player finds racist drawing in locker room," 23 Jan. 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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26 Jun 2020

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“Stick figure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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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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