Definition of tabloid in English:

tabloid

noun

  • 1A newspaper having pages half the size of those of the average broadsheet, typically popular in style and dominated by sensational stories:

    [as modifier] ‘the tabloid press’
    • ‘The alternative will be a messy scrap that would be in nobody's interests, except perhaps the tabloids.’
    • ‘Even tabloids are hard to read when standing on the train, if it's crowded enough.’
    • ‘The tabloids often present a simplified, exaggerated, and personalized view of politics.’
    • ‘The frenzy that gets drummed up by some tabloids in an effort to merely sell papers is disgusting.’
    • ‘It still caught me off guard when I saw my picture on an album cover or in the tabloids.’
    • ‘She has even forgiven boyfriends who have sold stories about her to the tabloids.’
    • ‘Unsettling as our own tabloids may be, the British psyche and its problems hardly matter to the wider world.’
    • ‘No matter how nice they seem, you have to be sure that the story won't end up in the tabloids.’
    • ‘Truly there is nothing more snobbish than the tabloids when it comes to passing judgment on the way the other half lives.’
    • ‘Im a student and know plenty of nice middle class types whose only source of news are tabloids.’
    • ‘News of one or another celebrity suing a tabloid always elicits praise from me.’
    • ‘I suddenly thought what Scotland Yard would say, not to mention the tabloids.’
    • ‘The gossip magazines and tabloids try their best to get something new.’
    • ‘The story and my picture were emblazoned on the front page of a tabloid.’
    • ‘But he should have resisted the intense pressure he has been under from the tabloids and Tories.’
    • ‘England played Germany and that was the only contest that seemed to matter, if the tabloids were anything to go by.’
    • ‘The only reason she has not been is that her release has been in the hands of politicians, who have not dared take on the tabloids.’
    • ‘The broadsheets and music press picked up on them first, with the tabloids following.’
    • ‘Traditionally, the news values of the tabloids have been subject to a great deal of criticism.’
    • ‘His good name has been smeared by the tabloids but his films still shine through with a unique and often brilliant vision.’
    newspaper, paper, tabloid, broadsheet, journal, periodical, weekly, organ, news-sheet, newsletter, bulletin
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    1. 1.1North American [as modifier] Lurid and sensational:
      ‘a tabloid TV show’
      • ‘In fact, most of us have the same low tabloid tastes as everyone else.’
      • ‘Britain's first blind prime minister would certainly have tabloid appeal.’
      • ‘Is it too much to expect, in this increasing tabloid media age, leadership from the media too?’
      • ‘The reason why dumbing down and tabloid trivialisation is so widespread is that it works.’
      • ‘It is tabloid trash no matter how you dress it up or justify it to yourselves.’
      • ‘Chattering about tabloid trivia or television celebrity shows, he can barely conceal his lack of interest.’
      • ‘Tabloid journalism is a tricky subject: it tends to invite lofty condescension.’
      • ‘In short, the market is softening, but is in no way in a crisis, slump or any other such tabloid noun you care to use.’
      • ‘Throughout the article he used some of the most reactionary tabloid language possible for the occasion.’
      • ‘We ape the worst of tabloid titillation in a relentless downward drive of tacky exploitation.’
      • ‘My interest in talking about Keira, however, is not to add to the stockpile of tabloid tittle-tattle.’
      • ‘The first obstacle to the rising star of my career in tabloid television was that we were lost.’
      • ‘The rise of tabloid journalism, and then of Hollywood, intensified this trend.’
      • ‘His tabloid chatter won over a new generation and their relationship blossomed.’
      • ‘If this tabloid exposé is on the level, frankly we should all be chucking our jewellery crossly into the woods.’

Origin

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’.

Pronunciation:

tabloid

/ˈtablɔɪd/