First recorded in 1905–10; tabl(et) + -oid (Source: dictionary.com)
Late 19th century from tablet+ -oid. Originally the proprietary name of a medicine sold in tablets, the term came to denote any small medicinal tablet; the current sense reflects the notion of ‘concentrated, easily assimilable’. (Source: lexico.com)
Definitions of Tabloid
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.
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
compressed or condensed in or as if in a tabloid:
luridly or vulgarly sensational.
A newspaper having pages half the size of those of the average broadsheet, typically popular in style and dominated by sensational stories.
: a newspaper that is about half the page size of an ordinary newspaper and that contains news in condensed form and much photographic matter
: digest, summary
: of, relating to, or resembling tabloids
: compressed or condensed into small scope tabloid criticism
Example sentences for Tabloid
Constand claimed that the accusation was patently false, and demanded $150,000 in damages from the tabloid and attorney.
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.
As drama it was accepted that tabloid journalism and high principle were not natural bedfellows.
For decades food in tabloid form has interested the men in the chemical laboratories.
Next he began to search in his pocket, and finding that tabloid of poison which I had given him, lifted it toward his mouth.
For use throw one tabloid into a cup of hot water, wait a minute and a satisfying infusion is the result.
He pulled a glass tube from one of his pockets and gave her a tabloid.
James listened attentively to this tabloid tragedy, but made no comment.