Pronunciation: (kär-tOOn'),[key] —n. 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.
2. See comic strip. 3. See animated cartoon. 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.
—adj. resembling a cartoon or caricature: The novel is full of predictable, cartoon characters, never believable as real people.