clickbait

noun click·bait \ ˈklik-ˌbāt \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of clickbait

:something (such as a headline) designed to make readers want to click on a hyperlink especially when the link leads to content of dubious value or interest
  • It is difficult to remember a time when you could scroll through the social media outlet of your choice and not be bombarded with: You'll never believe what happened when … This is the cutest thing ever … This the biggest mistake you can make … Take this quiz to see which character you are on … They are all classic clickbait models.
  • —Emily Shire

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First Known Use of clickbait

1999


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