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tabloid

[tab-loid] /ˈtæb lɔɪd/
noun
1.
a newspaper whose pages, usually five columns wide, are about one-half the size of a standard-sized newspaper page.
2.
a newspaper this size concentrating on sensational and lurid news, usually heavily illustrated.
3.
a short form or version; condensation; synopsis; summary.
adjective
4.
compressed or condensed in or as if in a tabloid:
a tabloid article; a tabloid account of the adventure.
5.
luridly or vulgarly sensational.
Origin of tabloid
1905-1910
First recorded in 1905-10; tabl(et) + -oid
Related forms
tabloidism, noun
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  • tabloid sterilisers I have found to be effective in an emergency.

    Training for the Trenches Leslie Vickers
  • Among other things, I gave him a tabloid of quinine and iron twice a day.

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  • James listened attentively to this tabloid tragedy, but made no comment.

    The Man Upstairs P. G. Wodehouse
  • He pulled a glass tube from one of his pockets and gave her a tabloid.

    The White Blackbird Hudson Douglas
  • Instead he threw himself on the bed and read a tabloid newspaper.

    Clue of the Silken Ladder Mildred A. Wirt
British Dictionary definitions for tabloid

tabloid

/ˈtæblɔɪd/
noun
1.
a newspaper with pages about 30 cm (12 inches) by 40 cm (16 inches), usually characterized by an emphasis on photographs and a concise and often sensational style Compare broadsheet
2.
(modifier) designed to appeal to a mass audience or readership; sensationalist: the tabloid press, tabloid television
Word Origin
C20: from earlier Tabloid, a trademark for a medicine in tablet form
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Word Origin and History for tabloid
n.

1884, "small tablet of medicine," trademark name (by Burroughs, Wellcome and Co.) for compressed or concentrated chemicals and drugs, formed from tablet + Greek-derived suffix -oid. By 1898, it was being used figuratively to mean a compressed form or dose of anything, hence tabloid journalism (1901), and newspapers that typified it (1918), so called for having short, condensed news articles and/or for being small in size.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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