- a drawing executed in an exaggerated style for humorous or satirical effect.
- (also cartoon strip) a narrative sequence of humorous drawings with captions in a comic, newspaper, or magazine.
- a film made from a sequence of drawings, using animation techniques to give the appearance of movement.
- a full-size drawing made as a preliminary design for a painting or other work of art.
Hogarth's cartoons, for instance, were not particularly laugh-a-minute works, but they were intended to make a point. These Mohammad cartoons are not funny, but they were intended to make a point.
Not every cartoon is intended to be as hilarious as Calvin and Hobbes, you know.