cartoon

[kahr-toon]
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noun
  1. a sketch or drawing, usually humorous, as in a newspaper or periodical, symbolizing, satirizing, or caricaturing some action, subject, or person of popular interest.
  2. comic strip.
  3. animated cartoon.
  4. Fine Arts. a full-scale design for a picture, ornamental motif or pattern, or the like, to be transferred to a fresco, tapestry, etc.
adjective
  1. resembling a cartoon or caricature: The novel is full of predictable, cartoon characters, never believable as real people.
verb (used with object)
  1. to represent by a cartoon.
verb (used without object)
  1. to draw cartoons.

Origin of cartoon

1665–75; < Italian cartone pasteboard, stout paper, a drawing on such paper, equivalent to cart(a) paper (see carte) + -one augmentative suffix
Related formscar·toon·ish, adjectivecar·toon·ist, nounun·car·tooned, adjective
Can be confusedburlesque caricature cartoon parody satire (see synonym study at burlesque) (see synonym study at satire)carton cartoon
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cartoon

noun
  1. a humorous or satirical drawing, esp one in a newspaper or magazine, concerning a topical event
  2. Also called: comic strip a sequence of drawings in a newspaper, magazine, etc, relating a comic or adventurous situation
  3. See animated cartoon
  4. a full-size preparatory sketch for a fresco, tapestry, mosaic, etc, from which the final work is traced or copied
Derived Formscartoonist, noun

Word Origin for cartoon

C17: from Italian cartone pasteboard, sketch on stiff paper; see carton
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Word Origin and History for cartoon
n.

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.

v.

1864 (implied in cartooned), from cartoon (n.). Related: Cartooning.

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