cartoon

[kahr-toon]
noun
1.
a sketch or drawing, usually humorous, as in a newspaper or periodical, symbolizing, satirizing, or caricaturing some action, subject, or person of popular interest.
4.
Fine Arts. a full-scale design for a picture, ornamental motif or pattern, or the like, to be transferred to a fresco, tapestry, etc.
adjective
5.
resembling a cartoon or caricature: The novel is full of predictable, cartoon characters, never believable as real people.
verb (used with object)
6.
to represent by a cartoon.
verb (used without object)
7.
to draw cartoons.

Origin:
1665–75; < Italian cartone pasteboard, stout paper, a drawing on such paper, equivalent to cart(a) paper (see carte) + -one augmentative suffix

cartoonish, adjective
cartoonist, noun
uncartooned, adjective

1. burlesque, caricature, cartoon, parody, satire (see synonym study at burlesque)(see synonym study at satire) ; 2. carton, cartoon.
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cartoon (kɑːˈtuːn)
 
n
1.  a humorous or satirical drawing, esp one in a newspaper or magazine, concerning a topical event
2.  Also called: comic strip a sequence of drawings in a newspaper, magazine, etc, relating a comic or adventurous situation
3.  See animated cartoon
4.  a full-size preparatory sketch for a fresco, tapestry, mosaic, etc, from which the final work is traced or copied
 
[C17: from Italian cartone pasteboard, sketch on stiff paper; see carton]
 
car'toonist
 
n

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cartoon
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.
"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]
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