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1a simple drawing showing the features of its subjects in a humorously exaggerated way, especially a satirical one in a newspaper or magazine. a simplified or exaggerated version or interpretation of something:this movie is a cartoon of rural life in America [as modifier]:Dolores becomes a cartoon housewife, reading glossy magazines in a bathrobe 2a motion picture using animation techniques to photograph a sequence of drawings rather than real people or objects.
3a full-size drawing made by an artist as a preliminary design for a painting or other work of art.
verb [with object]
make a drawing of (someone) in a simplified or exaggerated way:she has a face with enough character to be cartooned