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toon1

[toon]
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noun
  1. an Asian tree, Cedrela toona, of the mahogany family, yielding an aromatic red wood used for furniture, carving, etc.
  2. the wood itself.

Origin of toon1

1800–10; < Hindi tūn < Sanskrit tunna

toon2

[toon]
noun
  1. (sometimes initial capital letter) a character in an animated cartoon.

Origin of toon2

First recorded in 1980–85; shortening of cartoon
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Examples from the Web for toon

Historical Examples

  • Mind, you're no' to mention 'at ye kent they were in the toon.

    A Window in Thrums

    J. M. Barrie

  • "It was Chirsty Miller 'at put it through the toon," Henry continued.

    A Window in Thrums

    J. M. Barrie

  • He was ben in the room searchin' the drawers when I was up i' the toon in the forenoon.

    A Window in Thrums

    J. M. Barrie

  • Are ye kennin' what it is to gie the freedom o' the toon to grand folk?

    Greyfriars Bobby

    Eleanor Atkinson

  • Toon was alert on "Waterspin," with a coiled rope in his hand.


British Dictionary definitions for toon

toon1

noun
  1. a large meliaceous tree, Cedrela toona, of the East Indies and Australia, having clusters of flowers from which a dye is obtained
  2. the close-grained red wood of this tree, used for furniture, carvings, etc

Word Origin

from Hindi tūn, from Sanskrit tunna

toon2

noun
  1. a cartoon character
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Word Origin and History for toon

n.

colloquial shortening of cartoon, attested by 1985.

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