- a sketch or drawing, usually humorous, as in a newspaper or periodical, symbolizing, satirizing, or caricaturing some action, subject, or person of popular interest.
- comic strip.
- animated cartoon.
- Fine Arts. a full-scale design for a picture, ornamental motif or pattern, or the like, to be transferred to a fresco, tapestry, etc.
- resembling a cartoon or caricature: The novel is full of predictable, cartoon characters, never believable as real people.
- to represent by a cartoon.
- to draw cartoons.
Origin of cartoon
Related Words for cartoonsketch, caricature, satire, animation, drawing, parody, lampoon, representation, takeoff
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Contemporary Examples of cartoon
But along with the cartoon funk is an all-too-real story of police brutality embodied by a horde of evil Pigs.‘Black Dynamite’ Presents Police Brutality: The Musical
January 9, 2015
As it turns out, though, cartoon curmudgeons get the best, most ridiculous lines.‘Downton Abbey’ Review: A Fire, Some Sex, and Sad, Sad Edith
January 5, 2015
You know the cartoon segment that used to be in colour in rancid old newspapers?The Rancid Ballad of Johnny Rotten: His Memoir Seethes With Anger—And Charm
November 20, 2014
And The Prize Is Death, a cartoon by Albert Levering, attacks an epidemic of reckless driving.The Magazine That Made—and Unmade—Politicians
November 2, 2014
And in the age of South Park and Family Guy, not much is going to shock us in a “Tom and Jerry” cartoon.Is ‘Tom and Jerry’ Really Racist?
October 2, 2014
Historical Examples of cartoon
On the other hand, no cartoon I ever drew for Punch was more popular.The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)
Nay, nay, the cartoon of the Congress shall bring itself to pass.Dreamers of the Ghetto
Since his arrival here he has only made a sketch in a cartoon.Six Centuries of Painting
But that first cartoon in the schoolboy's periodical was always before him.
While I was laughing over the cartoon, the butler came in and nodded to me.The Wonder
J. D. Beresford
- a humorous or satirical drawing, esp one in a newspaper or magazine, concerning a topical event
- Also called: comic strip a sequence of drawings in a newspaper, magazine, etc, relating a comic or adventurous situation
- See animated cartoon
- a full-size preparatory sketch for a fresco, tapestry, mosaic, etc, from which the final work is traced or copied
Word Origin for cartoon
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.
1864 (implied in cartooned), from cartoon (n.). Related: Cartooning.