Definition of factoid in English:



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

    • ‘Billions of virus-like packets of little news factoids fly around the net, and people intercept packets that meet criteria of interest.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Brief drama snippets and tiny factoids, that's all we get these days.’
    • ‘The writing in this magazine - mostly by scientists - is stellar, and there's a fantastic mix of long features and short factoids about science.’
    • ‘But why, you may ask, has this apparently trivial factoid ruffled the feathers of the good burghers of Oslo?’
    • ‘This is a fairly well-known factoid in alternative news media.’
    • ‘A little-known factoid shows that roughly 90 percent of all worldwide markets (in population terms) are located outside the United States.’
    • ‘Purge the brain of factoids and start real life again, get with some real writing, read a real book.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This book contains many factoids that were useful with respect to my professional needs, but the most memorable paragraph for me is this one.’
    • ‘Prices, timetables, documentation requirements, booking advice, and most any other factoid you could possibly need are perfectly intelligible and easy to find.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1An 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.’
      • ‘Over several days, here and at other companies, I hear this factoid repeated like a campaign talking point.’
      • ‘When does a piece of data go from being a factoid to being a fact?’
      • ‘I don't know whether this item is a fact, or a factoid.’
      • ‘I'm informed from a usually reliable source that a factoid is an empirical claim that is often repeated but is in fact false.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And on and on he goes like that for two pages of second hand factoids and observations that never rise above the pseudo-intellectual.’