- 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
Examples from the Web for cartoonish
Playful and gory, the cartoonish paintings of Dee Dee Ramone, bassist for The Ramones, are every bit as shocking as their creator.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings
December 15, 2014
While obviously not as cartoonish as the deluded leaders in The Office, du Pont seemed to stretch credulity at times.Channing Tatum Is the Real Star of ‘Foxcatcher'
October 23, 2014
As pioneers of experiential art, the duo wanted to blur the lines between reality and cartoonish fantasy.New York City’s New Mystery Art Piece
September 22, 2014
It would have been all too easy, as early episodes threatened, to make Red as cartoonish as a Joel Schumacher Batman villain.‘The Blacklist’ Is Dead Without the Psychotic Red
March 31, 2014
It sits firmly on the side of the cartoonish—reveling in it is okay.A Study in Xbox One Violence: Dead Rising 3 Vs. Ryse: Son of Rome
December 1, 2013
- like a cartoon, esp in being one-dimensional, brightly coloured, or exaggerated
- 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 and History for cartoonish
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.