Definition of factoid in US English:



North American
  • 1A brief or trivial item of news or information.

    • ‘Brief drama snippets and tiny factoids, that's all we get these days.’
    • ‘Billions of virus-like packets of little news factoids fly around the net, and people intercept packets that meet criteria of interest.’
    • ‘I think the movie is at its best when it's being a) clever and funny or b) bringing to light factoids that aren't very well known.’
    • ‘A little-known factoid shows that roughly 90 percent of all worldwide markets (in population terms) are located outside the United States.’
    • ‘The writing in this magazine - mostly by scientists - is stellar, and there's a fantastic mix of long features and short factoids about science.’
    • ‘A repetitive set-top game called Search for the Spear of Destiny requires a beginner's level of dexterity, and delivers trivial lost-civilization factoids as reward cookies for successful play.’
    • ‘Purge the brain of factoids and start real life again, get with some real writing, read a real book.’
    • ‘Prices, timetables, documentation requirements, booking advice, and most any other factoid you could possibly need are perfectly intelligible and easy to find.’
    • ‘And if you're a longtime fan, the biography helps explain the inner workings of the band and offers factoids you can use to, ahem, impress your friends.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, he doles out information in tiny factoids and leaves long gaps of silence between them.’
    • ‘Also never-ending are the bizarre factoids associated with ol’ Humpy.’
    • ‘When you see a statistic or factoid offered by the media, always remember to play ‘Jeopardy’ with it and ask yourself, to what question is this an answer?’
    • ‘It's not that data is scarce; quite the reverse, there's an ocean of factoids, but having the relevant facts in one place and making sense of them is not as straightforward a proposition as it might seem.’
    • ‘One of most important and satisfying factoids I have ever learned is that while squirrels may cache fifty pounds of nuts in a year that half are lost to the squirrel because they forget where they put them.’
    • ‘The site has work sheets and activities that can be printed off as well as a factoid on the maths page, which gives a different fact each time the page is loaded.’
    • ‘This is the McGill Trivia Club, an organization dedicated to the most worthy pastime of answering difficult questions based on factoids from a wide range of categories.’
    • ‘But why, you may ask, has this apparently trivial factoid ruffled the feathers of the good burghers of Oslo?’
    • ‘This book contains many factoids that were useful with respect to my professional needs, but the most memorable paragraph for me is this one.’
    • ‘This is a fairly well-known factoid in alternative news media.’
    • ‘There's also an enjoyable trivia track that serves up Pop-Up Video-style factoids about both the movie and the social environment it depicts.’
    1. 1.1 An assumption or speculation that is reported and repeated so often that it becomes accepted as fact.
      • ‘There is another way to weigh this trend, however: maybe readers and viewers are not so much growing insular as searching for meaning in a vast universe of fact and factoid, and embracing a political bent is one way of organizing it.’
      • ‘When does a piece of data go from being a factoid to being a fact?’
      • ‘I'm informed from a usually reliable source that a factoid is an empirical claim that is often repeated but is in fact false.’
      • ‘And on and on he goes like that for two pages of second hand factoids and observations that never rise above the pseudo-intellectual.’
      • ‘I don't know whether this item is a fact, or a factoid.’
      • ‘Watch how factoids and information overload are used to blur the line between crises and light news, so that every event becomes a panic situation.’
      • ‘Over several days, here and at other companies, I hear this factoid repeated like a campaign talking point.’