lis·​ti·​cle | \ ˈli-sti-kəl How to pronounce listicle (audio) \

Definition of listicle

: 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

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Especially for Warriors fans who get some love from this listicle. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "ESPN talking head ranks the top 5 NBA duos, and the Warriors make the grade," 23 July 2019 There are online listicles detailing the annoying things riders do — eating smelly foods, vaping, not tipping well — to help riders brush up on Uber etiquette, but questions of decorum are subject to debate. Travis Deshong, Washington Post, "Do drivers think you’re a ‘Ridezilla’? Better check your Uber rating.," 18 July 2019 But the listicle kind of praise is always over too quickly, like sugary candy. Marilynne Robinson, Harper's magazine, "Letters," 10 June 2019 But the real journey is anything but fast and would be impossible to write as a BuzzFeed listicle. Jes Baker, SELF, "Nope, I’m Not Trying to Lose Weight," 26 June 2018 Buzzfeed published a listicle of reasons why people disliked the star. Rebecca Farley,, "How Anne Hathaway Harnessed Her Rage Into Sweet Success," 29 May 2018 There is widespread obsession with untranslatable words, as countless listicle-makers can attest. Katy Steinmetz, Time, "How Learning New Words Could Make You Happier," 8 May 2018 What followed was a listicle of Carey’s erratic milestones—her cartoonish MTV Cribs episode, her feigned ignorance of her celebrity rivals, and her hospitalization after behaving oddly on TRL. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "When a 'Diva' Is Diagnosed," 11 Apr. 2018 The Internet abounds with listicles detailing his macho feats of cinema. Joseph Hincks / Hong Kong, Time, "'I'm Still Full of Stories.' Werner Herzog Reflects on 50 Years of Filmmaking," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of listicle

2007, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for listicle

list entry 1 + (art)icle entry 1

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list price

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