- 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 cartooningtaunt, scoff, lampoon, deride, scorn, mock, humiliate, spoof, parody, reflect, repeat, imitate, clone, reproduce, duplicate, depict, simulate, mirror, plagiarize, transcribe
Examples from the Web for cartooning
Contemporary Examples of cartooning
What I love about cartooning is that I have access to two different kinds of communication.Alison Bechdel: Genius to Watch Out For
September 18, 2014
Historical Examples of cartooning
With which Molly Brandeis unconsciously defined the art of cartooning.
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.
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
- 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
1864 (implied in cartooned), from cartoon (n.). Related: Cartooning.
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.