lis·​ti·​cle ˈli-sti-kəl How to pronounce listicle (audio)
: an article consisting of a series of items presented as a list
Even in the well-worn format of the listicle, Ono infuses her characteristic verve into this list of 25 facts about herself.E. Alex Jung
I'm not a fan of listicles, but I'll stoop to link to this one on Buzzfeed because it is highly relevant to my interests: the 27 best "Breaking Bad" memes.Xeni Jardin

Examples of listicle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Neither man had listicles, Instagram and TikTok influencers to help turn them into stars. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2023 Peretti claimed that BuzzFeed’s content style (its listicles, quizzes, eye-catchy headlines) juiced ß, while its transmission tactics (which included things like SEO but chiefly meant buying Facebook ads) were the z. Sam Venis, The New Republic, 30 July 2023 Your story can be a listicle or an in-depth look at a particular activity in a destination so long as there is an inspiration and service element. Travel + Leisure Editors, Travel + Leisure, 6 Apr. 2023 The internet is full of listicles with seemingly too-good-to-be-true offers from countries to effectively pay people to move to remote locations or islands with few facilities and to repopulate villages and towns that have been gutted as youths move to urban areas. Niha Masih, Washington Post, 27 June 2023 BuzzFeed News, the Pulitzer Prize-winning news website known for popularizing listicles, is shutting down. Swapna Venugopal Ramaswamy, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2023 BuzzFeed’s content was edgier and aimed at a younger demographic of digital natives who embraced the company’s stories about culture and its popular listicles, puzzles and personality quizzes that were designed to get traction on social media. Stephen Battaglio, Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2023 At first, the pursuit of traffic served Peretti’s venture well, but as the internet matured, form tightened its grip over content, and online discourse metastasized, BuzzFeed’s cutesy listicles and feel-good quizzes lost their once-irresistible luster. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, 18 Apr. 2023 Our general travel stories, first-person storytelling, or listicles can be anywhere from 500 - 2,000+ words. Travel + Leisure Editors, Travel + Leisure, 6 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

2007, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of listicle was in 2007

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“Listicle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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