Nearby words

  1. cartography,
  2. cartomancy,
  3. carton,
  4. carton-pierre,
  5. cartonnier,
  6. cartoonish,
  7. cartoonist,
  8. cartop,
  9. cartophily,
  10. cartopper

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cartooning

  • What I love about cartooning is that I have access to two different kinds of communication.

  • I didn't suppose that basking in reflected glory made one a subject for cartooning; if it does, we'll all pose together.

    The Vision of Elijah Berl|Frank Lewis Nason
  • With which Molly Brandeis unconsciously defined the art of cartooning.

    Fanny Herself|Edna Ferber
  • I don't know if you and she ever spoke seriously of this little trick of drawing, or cartooning, or whatever it is you have.

    Fanny Herself|Edna Ferber

British Dictionary definitions for cartooning


/ (kɑːˈtuːn) /


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
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 cartooning
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