cardboard

[ kahrd-bawrd, -bohrd ]
/ ˈkɑrdˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd /

noun

a thin, stiff pasteboard, used for signs, boxes, etc.

adjective

resembling cardboard, especially in flimsiness: an apartment with cardboard walls.
not fully lifelike; shallow; two-dimensional: a play with cardboard characters.

Nearby words

  1. cardamom,
  2. cardamom hills,
  3. cardamoms,
  4. cardamon,
  5. cardan joint,
  6. cardboard city,
  7. cardboardy,
  8. cardenal,
  9. cardholder,
  10. cardi-

Origin of cardboard

First recorded in 1840–50; card1 + board

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British Dictionary definitions for cardboard

cardboard

/ (ˈkɑːdˌbɔːd) /

noun

  1. a thin stiff board made from paper pulp and used esp for making cartons
  2. (as modifier)cardboard boxes

adjective

(prenominal) without substancea cardboard smile; a cardboard general
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Word Origin and History for cardboard

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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