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
Sure, there were temperature checks, child-size masks with cartoon characters and staggered arrival times.After 8 months, D.C. Public Schools reopens buildings for more than 400 students | Perry Stein | November 18, 2020 | Washington Post
When he was a kid, Jeff Frankenstein got teased a lot by kids who called him a monster or Franken Berry, a cartoon mascot for the monster cereal.When your last name is Frankenstein and it’s Halloween | Kellie B. Gormly | October 30, 2020 | Washington Post
It was a quiet cartoon — more of a meditation on seasonal depression than a proper holiday film.‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ is now an Apple TV+ exclusive | Brian Heater | October 22, 2020 | TechCrunch
McConnell also published some of his studies in his own journal, The Worm Runner’s Digest, alongside sci-fi humor and cartoons.Memories Can Be Injected and Survive Amputation and Metamorphosis - Facts So Romantic | Marco Altamirano | October 20, 2020 | Nautilus
Growing up, her closest connection to hunting was Elmer Fudd cartoons.A First-Time Hunter Gets a Lesson from #WomenWhoHunt | Outside Editors | October 7, 2020 | Outside Online
The cartoonist, better known as Charb, was shot dead Wednesday.
Glackens was a prolific cartoonist in Philadelphia and his comics are one of the most surprising elements in the Puck book.
“My name is Alison Bechdel and I am a cartoonist,” she says with a little laugh at the beginning of her MacArthur video.
The combination of talents that you need to be a daily cartoonist is weird.Aaron McGruder’s ‘The Boondocks’ Returns Without Aaron McGruder | Rich Goldstein | April 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The young Syrian-Palestinian cartoonist extends a vital tradition—but one where reprisal can mean violence death.Hani Abbas Extends the Vital Tradition of Political Cartooning in the Mideast | Patrick Hilsman | October 20, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
A talented cartoonist, distinguished practical joker, and recognized as one of the kings of bon mot, he led a free and easy life.Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
The cartoonist prepared a quiet supper for them and they remained overnight in the Nast home.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete | Albert Bigelow Paine
He early showed ability as a cartoonist, and was noted among his friends as a good story teller.Americans All | Various
A well-known cartoonist toiled long in early life at some uncongenial task for a pittance.A Librarian's Open Shelf | Arthur E. Bostwick
One Mr. Lugubrious Blue flits through the drawings of a certain famous cartoonist.In Apple-Blossom Time | Clara Louise Burnham
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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