car|toon «kahr TOON», noun, verb.
1. a sketch or drawing showing persons, things, or events in an amusing way: »

Political cartoons often represent the United States as a tall man with chin whiskers, called Uncle Sam. The arc light was heralded in popular cartoons as an agent that would do away with nighttime crime more effectively than a policeman (New Yorker).

2. = animated cartoon. (Cf.animated cartoon)
3. = comic strip. (Cf.comic strip)
4. a full-size drawing of a design or painting, used as a model for a fresco, mosaic, tapestry, or other medium: »

Such famous painters as Peter Rubens and the Van Eycks designed cartoons for Flemish tapestries (William M. Milliken).

to make a cartoon of: »

Sir Max Beerbohm cartooned many prominent politicians, artists, and writers.

to make a cartoon or cartoons: »

Mr. Bendix did prewar cartooning against Hitler (Harper's).

[< French carton pasteboard (because it is drawn on paper). See etym. of doublet carton. (Cf.carton)]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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