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noun (1)

variants or 'toon
plural toons or 'toons
: cartoon: such as
: comic strip
… launched the 'toon in 1930, with Dagwood as a lazy rich playboy and flapper Blondie as one of his many girlfriends.Mike Peters
: animated cartoon
… its most recent live-action adaptation of one of its classic toons, earned a tidy $69 million in its first weekend in theaters, good enough for first place.Mike Scott
also : a character in an animated cartoon
… it's surprisingly easy for the reader too to accept Gary Wolf's wacky universe, where humans interact with 'toons. The New York Times
… witty new catchphrases for the endearingly wiseass little toon Bart Simpson … Entertainment Weekly


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noun (2)

: a southeast Asian and Australian tree (Toona ciliata synonym Cedrela toona) of the mahogany family with aromatic dark red to reddish-brown wood
also : its wood

Examples of toon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Laughing Dragon Studios recently grabbed a skateboard for a Tony Hawk toon, and now the Canadian production house has switched focus to the festive season. Jesse Whittock, Deadline, 11 July 2024 Animated entries like the successful Kung Fu Panda 4 and Netflix’s new The Imaginary (opening in the same streaming slot as the streamer’s last nominee, Nimona) could land a ‘toon nod along with Inside Out 2. Pete Hammond, Deadline, 1 July 2024 The toon was made possible with the backing of the Netherlands Film Fund, Netherlands Production Incentive, CoBO, Luxembourg Film Fund, and Creative Europe Media. Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety, 26 June 2024 The actor plays a private investigator who is brought in when a toon named Roger Rabbit has been accused of murder. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 3 June 2024 Underlining the appetite for toon family features by European distributors, the film has been sold to Just Entertainment in Benelux, Bim Distribuzione in Italy, NOS Lusomundo in Portugal, Flins&Piniculas in Spain and GPI for Baltics. Emiliano De Pablos, Variety, 16 Feb. 2024 Among this year toons, the chickens ran away with the show. Peter Debruge, Variety, 20 Dec. 2023 Not to be confused with the Donnie Yen live-action franchise or the earlier toon, voiced by Jackie Chan, the latest is fun, but no Oscar contender. Peter Debruge, Variety, 5 Dec. 2023 Fox took advantage of this— and the halo effect of those Sunday football games — to successfully add Dan Harmon’s new toon, Krapopolis, into its toon mix. Vulture, 30 Nov. 2023

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Word History


Noun (1)

by shortening

Noun (2)

Hindi & Urdu tūn, from Sanskrit tunna

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1932, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1810, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of toon was in 1810

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Cite this Entry

“Toon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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