Definitions of Cartoon


Cartoon (noun)

A simple drawing showing the features of its subjects in a humorously exaggerated way, especially a satirical one in a newspaper or magazine.

”He also turned to satirical cartoons and illustrations for newspapers and magazines.”
synonyms: caricature, parody, lampoon, satire, takeoff, send up

A motion picture using animation techniques to photograph a sequence of drawings rather than real people or objects.

synonyms: animated film, animation, toon

Cartooned (verb)

make a drawing of (someone) in a simplified or exaggerated way.



  • caricature, parody, lampoon, satire, takeoff, send up
  • comic strip, comic, funnies, graphic novel
  • the animated film, animation, toon
  • animated cartoon, toon
  • sketch


  • But Roy would take a single frame from a cartoon or comic strip and turn it into an entire painting.
  • An earlier post mentioned this long-lost cartoon from the pre-internet days, and Mudville readers were quick to respond to my request for a copy.
  • We now know it will sacrifice talent and demolish the dignity of a loyal employee for a cartoon version of moral purity.
  • My own dysfunctional family were out, so I had to replace them with a cartoon version.

Word Origin and History for Cartoon

C17: from Italian cartone pasteboard, sketch on stiff paper

The 1670s, “a drawing on strong paper (used as a model for another work),” from French carton, from Italian cartone “strong, heavy paper, pasteboard,” thus “preliminary sketches made by artists on such paper”. Extension to comical drawings in newspapers and magazines is 1843.

1855, from cartoon (n.) + -ist = Cartoonist.
1864 (implied in cartooned), from cartoon (n.).

Cartoon by F Dost Mohamad, Iran
Research: Arifur Rahman, Founder of tOOns MaG

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