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cardboard

[kahrd-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈkɑrdˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
noun
1.
a thin, stiff pasteboard, used for signs, boxes, etc.
adjective
2.
resembling cardboard, especially in flimsiness:
an apartment with cardboard walls.
3.
not fully lifelike; shallow; two-dimensional:
a play with cardboard characters.
Origin of cardboard
1840-1850
1840-50; card1 + board
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  • Heretofore it has been necessary to do the adjusting by means of inserting different thicknesses of cardboard, paper, etc.

    Photogravure Henry R. Blaney
  • There was a rush and faint roar of the flame up the chimney as the cardboard burned.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • Your audience will suggest putting something under the paper—a strip of cardboard or something of that kind.

    Water Wizardry Arthur Ainslie
  • Monsieur Madinier's cardboard business was barely surviving.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Through the bottom of the cardboard insert a number of steel pins, one for each of the flowers to be preserved.

British Dictionary definitions for cardboard

cardboard

/ˈkɑːdˌbɔːd/
noun
1.
  1. a thin stiff board made from paper pulp and used esp for making cartons
  2. (as modifier): cardboard boxes
adjective
2.
(prenominal) without substance: a cardboard smile, a cardboard general
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Word Origin and History for cardboard
n.

1848, from card (n.) + board (n.1). Figurative sense is from 1893. An earlier word for the same stuff was card paper (1777).

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