Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A newspaper of small format giving the news in condensed form, usually with illustrated, often sensational material.
  • adj. In summary form; condensed.
  • adj. Lurid or sensational.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A newspaper having pages half the dimensions of the standard format, especially one that favours stories of a sensational nature over more serious news.
  • adj. In the format of a tabloid.
  • adj. Relating to a tabloid or tabloids.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Compressed or condensed, as into a tabloid; administrated in or as in tabloids, or small condensed bits.
  • adj. of or pertaining to a tabloid newspaper or the type of story typically contained in one, such as lurid or sensationalistic stories of scandal, crime, or violence.
  • n. A compressed portion of one or more drugs or chemicals, or of food, etc.
  • n. a newspaper with pages about half the size of a standard-sized newspaper, especially one that has relatively short or condensed articles and a large porortion of pictorial matter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tablet; a small troche, usually administered by the mouth, or, after solution, hypodermically.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. sensationalist journalism
  • n. newspaper with half-size pages

Etymologies

From tabloid journalism, from Tabloid, trademark for a drug or chemical in condensed form.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From a trademark for a medicine compressed into a tablet. See -oid. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Famous defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden lashed out at Orlando ` s local media, and what she calls tabloid media on NBC ` s "Today Show" this morning, while simultaneously attacking the prosecution ` s decision to seek the death penalty.

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  • Defense attorney Linda Kennedy Baden didn ` t hold back in her criticism of the local and what she called the tabloid media on NBC ` s "Today Show" this morning.

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  • At 7: 30, often, there is what I call the tabloid story of the morning.

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  • His campaign aides say it's an opportunity to try to bypass what they call tabloid-centric media coverage, and bring a positive message to voters.

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  • Vonn admitted what she calls the "tabloid gossip" surrounding her concussion really got to her.

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  • This is what I call tabloid morals and pop culture values.

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  • As it was Mr. Justice Byrne was quite correct, as the word tabloid had indeed come to be used to mean the "compressed form or dose of anything"; during World War I, a small Sopwith biplane was known as the 'tabloid' within the Royal Air Force, whilst during the

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  • And yes, she dishes about her brief '06 canoodle with Prince Harry -- coyly referred to only as "a very handsome young Royal" -- that made her short-term tabloid bait.

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  • And yes, she dishes about her brief '06 canoodle with Prince Harry - coyly referred to only as "a very handsome young Royal" - that made her short-term tabloid bait.

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  • Now Ulrich can be occasionally found in tabloid magazines looking haggard and old.

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  • Diana who?

    February 6, 2009

  • I like the way the Diana front pages all have a file photo of her, as if everyone in England might have suddenly forgotten what she looked like and needed a photo to illustrate the story.

    February 4, 2009

  • Surely that flowchart had a row for Posh and Beckham before they decamped for L.A.

    Now, if it were the Times, there would have to be a logic checkbox related to the date, and reported first cuckoo-hearings.

    February 4, 2009

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    February 4, 2009

  • 404 Not Found, a mere eleven hours later.

    February 4, 2009

  • Hmmmm, here's How To Write A Daily Express Front Page.

    February 4, 2009

  • Yields broadloid.

    September 26, 2008

  • "Think of the Enquirer as the media establishment's rogue uncle who likes to throw back a few at family reunions and then regale relatives with tacky, delicious stories of debatable veracity. He isn't entirely assimilated into polite company, but then you can't stop listening to him, either."
    —Jonathan Mahler, "The Ur-Text of a Tabloid Age," Newsweek, September 29, 2008

    September 26, 2008