What does factoid mean?

Definitions for factoidˈfæk tɔɪd

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word factoid.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. factoid(noun)

    something resembling a fact; unverified (often invented) information that is given credibility because it appeared in print

  2. factoid(noun)

    a brief (usually one sentence and usually trivial) news item


  1. factoid(Noun)

    An inaccurate statement or statistic believed to be true because of broad repetition, especially if cited in the media.

  2. factoid(Noun)

    An interesting item of trivia.

  3. Origin: ; coined by in Marilyn (1973): "facts which have no existence before appearing in a magazine or newspaper, creations which are not so much lies as a product to manipulate emotion in the Silent Majority".


  1. Factoid

    A factoid is a questionable or spurious statement presented as a fact, but without supporting evidence. The word can also be used to describe a particularly insignificant or novel fact, in the absence of much relevant context. The word is defined by the Compact Oxford English Dictionary as "an item of unreliable information that is repeated so often that it becomes accepted as fact". Factoid was coined by Norman Mailer in his 1973 biography of Marilyn Monroe. Mailer described a factoid as "facts which have no existence before appearing in a magazine or newspaper", and created the word by combining the word fact and the ending -oid to mean "similar but not the same". The Washington Times described Mailer's new word as referring to "something that looks like a fact, could be a fact, but in fact is not a fact". Factoids may give rise to, or arise from, common misconceptions and urban legends.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of factoid in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of factoid in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Images & Illustrations of factoid

  1. factoidfactoidfactoid

Translations for factoid

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for factoid »


Find a translation for the factoid definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these factoid definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"factoid." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 21 Feb. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/factoid>.

Are we missing a good definition for factoid? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for factoid:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.