a sketch or drawing, usually humorous, as in a newspaper or periodical, symbolizing, satirizing, or caricaturing some action, subject, or person of popular interest.
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.
- car·toon·ish, adjective
- car·toon·ist, noun
- un·car·tooned, adjective
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How to use cartoon in a sentence
The term gerrymandering comes from an 1812 political cartoon that rendered it in essentially aesthetic terms.
In the legendary Fox cartoon’s first season in 1989, the average episode was exactly 23 minutes long.Why TV shows like “The Simpsons” and “Grey’s Anatomy” keep getting shorter | Dan Kopf | September 13, 2020 | Quartz
When it comes to fitting in, Mikko was proud to be on 17th Street, and proud to show off his new outdoor dining tables, again with the Nordic colors and depictions of classic Finnish cartoon characters.
In the meantime, you could, like County Supervisor Jim Desmond, just shoot cartoon versions of the virus with your gun.Morning Report: Border Patrol Is Tripping Up Legal Pot Operations | Voice of San Diego | June 29, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
When I was in elementary school, there were only three channels — and lots of cartoons.This scientist wants to know how racial discrimination gets ‘under the skin’ | Esther Landhuis | March 18, 2020 | Science News For Students
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 | Stereo Williams | January 9, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Editorial and political cartoon pages from throughout the world almost unanimously came to the same conclusion.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead | Luke O’Neil | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The first two videos are teasers featuring two favorite cartoon characters for young girls, Dora the Explorer and Tinkerbell.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking | M.L. Nestel | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
As it turns out, though, cartoon curmudgeons get the best, most ridiculous lines.‘Downton Abbey’ Review: A Fire, Some Sex, and Sad, Sad Edith | Kevin Fallon | January 5, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Legs McNeil | November 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As to technique, Schwind was a child of the cartoon era; as regards tenderness of feeling, he is a modern.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 1 (of 4) | Richard Muther
Moreover, Gros did not content himself with the scanty palette and the miserable cartoon-draughtsmanship of his contemporaries.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 1 (of 4) | Richard Muther
The exceptions are in the books printed explanations, not in any cartoon.Fragments From France | Captain Bruce Bairnsfather
It is therefore highly significant that Mr. Raemaekers has in this cartoon conceived the devil primarily as a kind of ogre.Raemaekers' Cartoons | Louis Raemaekers
The cartoon in which the Prussian is depicted as saying to his bound and gagged victim, "Ain't I a lovable fellow?"Raemaekers' Cartoons | Louis Raemaekers
British Dictionary definitions for cartoon
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
- cartoonist, noun
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