- a thin, stiff pasteboard, used for signs, boxes, etc.
- resembling cardboard, especially in flimsiness: an apartment with cardboard walls.
- not fully lifelike; shallow; two-dimensional: a play with cardboard characters.
Origin of cardboard
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Examples from the Web for cardboard
Host and guest pop and lock on cardboard—the only proper surface for breakdancing—and in no way did they have dancing doubles.Breakdancing Brad Pitt, Chainsaw Massacre Prank, and More Viral Videos
The Daily Beast Video
October 19, 2014
A heavy trowel is used to retrieve a mass of your chosen kind of ice cream from its tub and put it in the cardboard container.Dr. Mike’s Makes the Best Ice Cream on Earth
Jane & Michael Stern
July 27, 2014
By the end of the day, six more bodies were found, each wrapped in clothing and blankets, each in its own cardboard box.Utah’s Murderer Mom Is a Monster but She’s Not the First
April 16, 2014
The train is literally made out of cardboard with smoke coming out of the top it.The Look of ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’
March 7, 2014
And this train, which was just a bunch of cardboard with a cowcatcher attached to it, was pushed into view by a bunch of people.Ralph Fiennes Discusses ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ J. Lo, and That ‘Seinfeld’ Episode
March 6, 2014
There was a rush and faint roar of the flame up the chimney as the cardboard burned.Way of the Lawless
Monsieur Madinier's cardboard business was barely surviving.
"Just look, it's like cardboard," continued she, making one crackle between her fingers.
It takes me too long to stick all those little bits of cardboard together.Fruitfulness
Here are dealers in toys, cardboard boxes, second-hand books.Therese Raquin
- a thin stiff board made from paper pulp and used esp for making cartons
- (as modifier)cardboard boxes
- (prenominal) without substancea cardboard smile; a cardboard general
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Word Origin and History for cardboard
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