Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) a film made by photographing a series of cartoon drawings to give the illusion of movement when projected in rapid sequence
  2. (noun, communication) a humorous or satirical drawing published in a newspaper or magazine
  3. (verb, creation) draw cartoons of

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Synonyms of Cartoon

animated cartoon, sketch, toon

Alternate forms of Cartoon

Derivations: cartoon, cartoonist

Hyponyms: cartoon strip, comic strip, funnies, strip

Hypernyms: draw, humor, humour, short subject, wit, witticism, wittiness

Origin of the word Cartoon

  1. 1671, from Fr. carton, from It. cartone "strong, heavy paper, pasteboard," thus "preliminary sketches made by artists on such paper," augmentive of M.L. carta "paper" (see card (n.)). Extension to comical drawings in newspapers and magazines is 1843. Cartoonist first recorded 1880.
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