noun (1)
\ ˈtün How to pronounce toon (audio) \
variants: or 'toon
plural toons or 'toons

Definition of toon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: cartoon: such as
a : 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
b : 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


noun (2)
\ ˈtün How to pronounce toon (audio) \

Definition of toon (Entry 2 of 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

First Known Use of toon

Noun (1)

1932, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1810, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for toon

Noun (1)

by shortening

Noun (2)

Hindi & Urdu tūn, from Sanskrit tunna

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about toon

Statistics for toon

Cite this Entry

“Toon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Comments on toon

What made you want to look up toon? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!