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cartoon

[kahr-toon] /kɑrˈtun/
noun
1.
a sketch or drawing, usually humorous, as in a newspaper or periodical, symbolizing, satirizing, or caricaturing some action, subject, or person of popular interest.
4.
Fine Arts. a full-scale design for a picture, ornamental motif or pattern, or the like, to be transferred to a fresco, tapestry, etc.
adjective
5.
resembling a cartoon or caricature:
The novel is full of predictable, cartoon characters, never believable as real people.
verb (used with object)
6.
to represent by a cartoon.
verb (used without object)
7.
to draw cartoons.
Origin of cartoon
1665-1675
1665-75; < Italian cartone pasteboard, stout paper, a drawing on such paper, equivalent to cart(a) paper (see carte) + -one augmentative suffix
Related forms
cartoonish, adjective
cartoonist, noun
uncartooned, adjective
Can be confused
burlesque, caricature, cartoon, parody, satire (see synonym study at burlesque; see synonym study at satire)
carton, cartoon.
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Examples from the Web for cartoonist
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  • And the cartoonist from Milwaukee took to looking for a cloud with a field glass.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh

    Edith Eudora Kohl
  • He had been the cartoonist of the college magazine when I was its editor.

    If You Don't Write Fiction Charles Phelps Cushing
  • The men who have borne the title of Punch's cartoonist are fifteen in number.

    The History of "Punch"

    M. H. Spielmann
  • The cartoonist submits to him rough drafts of contemplated drawings.

    News Writing M. Lyle Spencer
  • Are singers less able to portray in art than is the cartoonist?

    Seed Thoughts for Singers Frank Herbert Tubbs
British Dictionary definitions for cartoonist

cartoon

/kɑːˈtuːn/
noun
1.
a humorous or satirical drawing, esp one in a newspaper or magazine, concerning a topical event
2.
Also called comic strip. a sequence of drawings in a newspaper, magazine, etc, relating a comic or adventurous situation
4.
a full-size preparatory sketch for a fresco, tapestry, mosaic, etc, from which the final work is traced or copied
Derived Forms
cartoonist, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Italian cartone pasteboard, sketch on stiff paper; see carton
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Word Origin and History for cartoonist
n.

1855, from cartoon (n.) + -ist.

cartoon

v.

1864 (implied in cartooned), from cartoon (n.). Related: Cartooning.

cartoon

n.

1670s, "a drawing on strong paper (used as a model for another work)," from French carton, from Italian cartone "strong, heavy paper, pasteboard," thus "preliminary sketches made by artists on such paper" (see carton). Extension to comical drawings in newspapers and magazines is 1843.

Punch has the benevolence to announce, that in an early number of his ensuing Volume he will astonish the Parliamentary Committee by the publication of several exquisite designs, to be called Punch's Cartoons! ["Punch," June 24, 1843]
Also see -oon.

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