- a newspaper whose pages, usually five columns wide, are about one-half the size of a standard-sized newspaper page.
- a newspaper this size concentrating on sensational and lurid news, usually heavily illustrated.
- a short form or version; condensation; synopsis; summary.
- compressed or condensed in or as if in a tabloid: a tabloid article; a tabloid account of the adventure.
- luridly or vulgarly sensational.
Origin of tabloid
Examples from the Web for tabloid
Constand claimed that the accusation was patently false, and demanded $150,000 in damages from the tabloid and attorney.How Bill Cosby Allegedly Silenced His Accusers Through A Tabloid Smear Campaign
November 21, 2014
She agreed to meet with tabloid editors in New York City and take a lie detector test to back up her claims.
In 2005, the tabloid was set to publish an exposé on Cosby, featuring allegations from new self-described Cosby victims.
“My dad freaked out when the tabloid reporter turned up,” Cumming says, in his lilting Scottish brogue.Alan Cumming: The Truth About My Father
October 14, 2014
As drama it was accepted that tabloid journalism and high principle were not natural bedfellows.Murdoch on the Rocks: How a Lone Reporter Revealed the Mogul's Tabloid Terror Machine
August 25, 2014
Tabloid sterilisers I have found to be effective in an emergency.Training for the Trenches
Among other things, I gave him a tabloid of quinine and iron twice a day.Gorillas & Chimpanzees
R. L. Garner
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
Instead he threw himself on the bed and read a tabloid newspaper.Clue of the Silken Ladder
Mildred A. Wirt
- 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 styleCompare broadsheet
- (modifier) designed to appeal to a mass audience or readership; sensationalistthe tabloid press; tabloid television
Word Origin and History for tabloid
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.