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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

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 Sep. 2023.

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