sound bite

A sound bite is a small snippet of someone talking. Sound bites are played on the TV and radio.

Just like a bite is a smaller piece of food, a sound bite is a tiny chunk of someone talking: usually an edited part of a longer speech or interview. Journalists are always looking for sound bites — which might be just a few seconds long — that can fit into news shows. Sometimes when a politician says something dumb, it becomes a sound bite that gets played over and over again. Something that's well-said could become a sound bite too.

Definitions of sound bite

n a very short speech; usually on radio or television

Type of:
text consisting of a row of words written across a page or computer screen

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