Abbreviation of cartoon.
toon (plural toons)
- (informal) A cartoon, especially an animated television show.
- 2005, Sara Bell, The Magic in Your Touch, →ISBN, page 123:
- Did you know Nash had a complete break with reality, that he was loonier than a toon for almost four months?
- (informal, video games) A player's avatar or visible character in a massively multiplayer online role-playing game.
- 2010, Ben Kei Daniel, Handbook of Research on Methods and Techniques for Studying Virtual Communities, →ISBN:
- Proxemics are very important, however, as the positioning of an agent's toon in anon-combat grouping or in the environment can show place within a social group.
- (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (informal, by extension) Only used in loony toon or looney toon: A person whose actions are not predictable, as they are not based on reason.
- 1993, Llamas - Volume 7, page 98:
- We are both kind of strange and one day we were driving in the car and Steve said to me, You know Karin, you are a real loony toon'.
- 2012, Kelly Watts, From the Mouth of Charlie Watts, →ISBN, page 32:
- I look at him as if he's a loony toon.
- 2012, Vaughan Rapatahana, Philosophical (a)Musings, →ISBN, page 25:
- Wilson, quite early on, points out: “Many messiahs have undoubtedly been mental cases, suffering from psychotic delusions” These looney-toon 'messiahs' seem to this reviewer to be running very fast away from any profound development in human consciousness!
- A southeast Asian and Australian tree (Toona ciliata or Toona australis) of the mahogany family with fragrant dark red wood and flowers that yield a dye.
- 1973, Gerald A. Walters & Herbert L. Wick, Coppicing to convert cull Australian toon, tropical ash to acceptable trees:
- Each plot held 10 cull trees so that 60 Australian toon and 40 tropical ash trees were treated.
- The wood of this tree.
- 1972, Roger G. Skolmen, Paintability of four woods in Hawaii, page 1:
- After 7 years, all paint combinations except the self-primed latex are showing some failure on all species of wood except Australian toon.
Dialectal variant of town.
toon (plural toons)
- (Geordie) A town.
- 1865, George MacDonald, Alec Forbes of Howglen - Volume 2, page 244:
- Whan I was a callan, I took the play to mysel' for a week, or maybe twa, and gaed wi' a frien' i' the same trade's mysel', to see what was to be seen alang a screed o' the seacoast, frae toon to toon.
- 1881, B.C., “The Chestnut Tree”, in The Border Counties' Magazine - Volumes 1-2, number 201:
- Sic changes owre oor toon hae passed Since Mungo placed thee there — A wee bit slender fragile stem, That needed watchfu' care.
- 2011, Wulf Kurtoglu & Caroline Macafee, Braken Fences, →ISBN, page 43:
- It tane Bill three month fae the time he pairtit wi Beatrice tae get tae the toon o Shanzi. He stuid on a crest as the sin rase, an saw the fortress toon on the neist ridge, a silhouette lichtenin gradually intae ugly breezeblock buildins.
toon (plural toons)
- Eye dialect spelling of tune
- 1872, David Ross Locke, The Struggles (social, Financial and Political) of Petroleum V. Nasby, page 556:
- But why dress me in bloo? Why not in gray, ef I play Confedrit toons?
- 1876, Eneas Sweetland Dallas -, Once a Week, page 45:
- Hark at the way them wires plays toons, as if all the imps of wickedness, and—never mind where—was fiddling dismal toons on purpose to drive a man out of his wits, or to scare him so that he couldn't do his work.
- 2013, Joseph Connolly, S.O.S., →ISBN:
- Why suddenly you're so eager to know the toon, now, Dwight? Before you was saying you didn't even hear no toon.
- List of English words of Sanskrit origin on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- Toon on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- A Dictionary of North East Dialect, Bill Griffiths, 2005, Northumbria University Press, →ISBN
From Dutch teen, from Middle Dutch têe, from Old Dutch *tēa, from Proto-Germanic *taihwǭ. The vocalism -oo- is also present in some Dutch dialects in Utrecht and Holland, but seems unclear. The -n was originally a plural ending that was reanalysed as a singular form.
- toe (part of the foot)
toon (plural tone)
- IPA(key): /toːn/
- (Belgium) IPA(key): [toːn]
- (Netherlands) IPA(key): [toʊ̯n]
- Rhymes: -oːn
- Afrikaans: toon
Still used in some dialects in Utrecht and Holland in the meaning “toe”. This variant seems to have been quite common in Hollandic dialects until the 19th century. Similar forms have also been found to exist in certain West Frisian and Dutch Low Saxon dialects.
See etymology on the main entry.