factoid

[ fak-toid ]
/ ˈfæk tɔɪd /

noun

an insignificant or trivial fact.
something fictitious or unsubstantiated that is presented as fact, devised especially to gain publicity and accepted because of constant repetition.

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Origin of factoid

First recorded in 1973; fact + -oid

OTHER WORDS FROM factoid

fac·toi·dal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for factoid

factoid
/ (ˈfæktɔɪd) /

noun

a piece of unreliable information believed to be true because of the way it is presented or repeated in print

Word Origin for factoid

C20 (coined by Norman Mailer): from fact + -oid
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