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toon1

[toon] /tun/
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
1800-1810
1800-10; < Hindi tūn < Sanskrit tunna

toon2

[toon] /tun/
noun
1.
(sometimes initial capital letter) a character in an animated cartoon.
Origin
First recorded in 1980-85; shortening of cartoon
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  • "It was Chirsty Miller 'at put it through the toon," Henry continued.

    A Window in Thrums

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

    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.

  • There's never a man-body i' the toon kens aught aboot my age.'

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • There must be reasoning beings on toon—where Loten's scientists had argued that they could not be!

    The Martian Allen Glasser
  • He knew that the whole of toon was not like this great stretch of sand.

    The Martian Allen Glasser
  • toon—what he had seen of it—seemed to be as dry as the Loten, if not more so.

    The Martian Allen Glasser
  • Clearly, he thought, there were many types of creatures on toon.

    The Martian Allen Glasser
British Dictionary definitions for toon

toon1

/tuːn/
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

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

colloquial shortening of cartoon, attested by 1985.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for toon

toon

noun

A cartoon: ''What are you, man, some kind of visionary?'' ''No, no, I'm just an ordinary toon'' (1990s+)

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loony-tune

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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