AskDefine | Define cardboard

Dictionary Definition

cardboard adj
1 resembling cardboard especially in flimsiness; "apartments with cardboard walls" [syn: flimsy]
2 without substance; "cardboard caricatures of historical figures" [syn: unlifelike] n : a stiff moderately thick paper [syn: composition board]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A wood-based material resembling heavy paper, used in the manufacture of boxes and signs.

Derived terms

cardboard box

Extensive Definition

Cardboard is a generic non-specific term for a heavy duty paper based product.


Paperboard is a paper based material. It is often used for folding cartons, set-up boxes, carded packaging, etc.

Corrugated fiberboard

Corrugated fiberboard is a combination of paperboards, usually two flat pieces of paper and one inner fluted corrugated medium. It is often used for making corrugated boxes for shipping products.


Various types of cards are available. Some are made from heavy paper stock, which may be called "cardboard."
cardboard in German: Karton (Werkstoff)
cardboard in French: Carton (matériau)
cardboard in Japanese: 厚紙
cardboard in Dutch: Karton
cardboard in Russian: Картон
cardboard in Finnish: Pahvi
cardboard in Swedish: Kartong
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