Definition of

Factoid

  1. (noun, communication) a brief (usually one sentence and usually trivial) news item
  2. (noun, communication) something resembling a fact; unverified (often invented) information that is given credibility because it appeared in print

via WordNet, Princeton University

Alternate forms of Factoid

Hypernyms: info, information, news item

Origin of the word Factoid

  1. 1973, from fact + -oid, first explained, if not coined, by Norman Mailer.
    "Factoids ... that is, facts which have no existence before appearing in a magazine or newspaper, creations which are not so much lies as a product to manipulate emotion in the Silent Majority." [N. Mailer, "Marilyn," 1973]
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via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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