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toon1

[toon] /tun/
noun
1.
an Asian tree, Cedrela toona, of the mahogany family, yielding an aromatic red wood used for furniture, carving, etc.
2.
the wood itself.
Origin of toon1
1800-1810
1800-10; < Hindi tūn < Sanskrit tunna

toon2

[toon] /tun/
noun
1.
(sometimes initial capital letter) a character in an animated cartoon.
Origin
1980-85; shortening of cartoon
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  • This tune appears to have been a very popular one, and several Scottish songs are to be sung to the "toon of sal I let her go."

  • "It was Chirsty Miller 'at put it through the toon," Henry continued.

    A Window in Thrums J. M. Barrie
  • "Put on your kep and come awa' doon the toon wi' me," she said to Erchie.

    Erchie (AKA Hugh Foulis) Neil Munro
  • He was ben in the room searchin' the drawers when I was up i' the toon in the forenoon.

    A Window in Thrums J. M. Barrie
  • We'll awa' doon the toon and see; whit's the use o' hurryin' hame?

    Erchie (AKA Hugh Foulis) Neil Munro
  • toon was alert on "Waterspin," with a coiled rope in his hand.

  • In that respect there's no a mair agreeabler lass in the toon.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
  • There's never a man-body i' the toon kens aught aboot my age.'

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • Ye are doing what nae mon i' the toon daur; ye are a bauld, unwise lassy.

    Christie Johnstone Charles Reade
  • There must be reasoning beings on toon—where Loten's scientists had argued that they could not be!

    The Martian Allen Glasser
British Dictionary definitions for toon

toon1

/tuːn/
noun
1.
a large meliaceous tree, Cedrela toona, of the East Indies and Australia, having clusters of flowers from which a dye is obtained
2.
the close-grained red wood of this tree, used for furniture, carvings, etc
Word Origin
from Hindi tūn, from Sanskrit tunna

toon2

/tuːn/
noun
1.
a cartoon character
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Word Origin and History for toon
n.

colloquial shortening of cartoon, attested by 1985.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for toon

too many chiefs and not enough Indians

sentence

Nobody wants to work around here, though everybody wants to be a boss; the project suffers from a surplus of directors and advisers

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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