a short form for cartoon.
It became a popular way to refer to a cartoon character in the 1981 Gary K. Wolf novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit?
e.g. toonami, toontune,
wanna watch a toon?
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Shortened form of 'platoon', used most notably in Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game"
"I'll tell you how to get a toon. Prove to me you know what you're doing as a soldier. Prove to me you know how to use other soldiers. And then prove to me that somebody's willing to follow you into battle."
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1. A character that one creates in a video game. The origins of this term are unclear, but may be related to the second definition.

2. In the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), an animated film performer who inhabits the human world but is not human (examples: Roger Rabbit, Jessica Rabbit). A shortened form of "cartoon."
I am going to roll a l33t axe toon.
by Puck March 17, 2004
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An uncommon surname which originated from Winstric Tun from the 11th century who came from Norway to England.

Variations include Toone, Tune, Towne, Town, Tun, Toon, Tunne, etc.
A: Hey did you see that girl that freaked out?

B: Oh yeah you mean Toon?
A: Yeah she's a right looney Toon
B: I know right Toon should change her Tune it was only teasing
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A derogatory term used in the Canadian Army for the reservists. This comes from "Saturday Morning Cartoons" because army reservists usually work on weekends.
damn, pett is sure mo-town now with all these toons running around.
by recce May 29, 2004
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A toon is a synonym for a character in a video game that is a role-playing game, usually used only in the context of Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Games (MMORPG), such as World of Warcraft.

Character, avatar, or toon are synonyms in this context.
(Avatar is a misnomer, however.)

In role-playing games, a great deal of effort is spent in creating a unique persona or character before play begins. During character generation, the player makes choices that will affect the gameplay, such as appearance, name, gender, race, and class. Once created, these characteristics are immutable, as they define the play experience. The selection of class determines the strategies the character will use to succeed.

In short, Role-playing games have great replay value because a player can re-experience the game using a new character or toon.


Toon is presumably a contracted form of cartoon; video game characters are animated, after all. The origin of this term can be attributed to the standard root of all leetspeak (internet jargon): a need for efficiency for lazy typists.

Toon is probably used because it is shorter and easier to type than the word character. Anyone familiar with these games can easily surmise the meaning of the term from context. Furthermore, the term avatar is avoided as it can possibly create confusion. In roleplaying games, avatar also refers to the incarnation of a deity.
I have 6 toons, so I have all the professions spread among them and I can craft anything!
by Brain Gremlin January 19, 2011
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Insane. Crazy. Short for "Loony Toons."
These people are freekin' toons!
by Russell J. Colwell April 27, 2006
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