- a sensationalized headline or piece of text on the Internet designed to entice people to follow a link to an article on another web page.
- noting or relating to such Internet content: Clickbait articles contribute to the online visibility of the news website.
Origin of clickbait
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Examples from the Web for clickbait
Clickbait title notwithstanding, Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!
January 8, 2015
Whenever I take a clickbait quiz to determine which of The Avengers I would be, I always game the questions to aim for the Hulk.Model Minority Rage: Why the Hulk Should Be an Asian Guy
July 18, 2014
However, Mizrahi is less certain that clickbait culture will fade away in the near future.
The clickbait backlash on various forms of social media is not only incredibly meta, but perhaps on first glance, overly dramatic.
The incentives for even the most respected news agencies to rely on clickbait are obvious: traffic.