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cardboard

[kahrd-bawrd, -bohrd]
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noun
  1. a thin, stiff pasteboard, used for signs, boxes, etc.
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adjective
  1. resembling cardboard, especially in flimsiness: an apartment with cardboard walls.
  2. not fully lifelike; shallow; two-dimensional: a play with cardboard characters.
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Origin of cardboard

First recorded in 1840–50; card1 + board
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Related Words for cardboard

monotonous, stodgy, stuffy, labored, stilted, plodding, sheet, poster, label, program, calendar, ticket, badge, check, cardboard, disposable, square, schedule, docket, billet

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Historical Examples of cardboard

  • There was a rush and faint roar of the flame up the chimney as the cardboard burned.

  • Monsieur Madinier's cardboard business was barely surviving.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

  • "Just look, it's like cardboard," continued she, making one crackle between her fingers.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

  • It takes me too long to stick all those little bits of cardboard together.

    Fruitfulness

    Emile Zola

  • Here are dealers in toys, cardboard boxes, second-hand books.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for cardboard

cardboard

noun
    1. a thin stiff board made from paper pulp and used esp for making cartons
    2. (as modifier)cardboard boxes
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adjective
  1. (prenominal) without substancea cardboard smile; a cardboard general
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Word Origin and History for cardboard

n.

1848, from card (n.) + board (n.1). Figurative sense is from 1893. An earlier word for the same stuff was card paper (1777).

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