chat·​ter·​box | \ ˈcha-tər-ˌbäks How to pronounce chatterbox (audio) \

Definition of chatterbox

: one who engages in much idle talk

Examples of chatterbox in a Sentence

That little girl is a chatterbox. my seat companion was a chatterbox who never once shut up during the whole trip
Recent Examples on the Web Adaptations of Neil Simon’s stage comedies about white ethnic chatterbox New Yorkers were a mainstay, generating such hits as Plaza Suite (1971), The Sunshine Boys (1975), and The Goodbye Girl (1977). Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture, 8 Dec. 2021 There is an old tale of the chatterbox who, when asked for the time, responds with a complete set of instructions for how to build a clock. Jerry Weissman, Forbes, 23 Oct. 2021 Stuck at home with a normally quiet spouse who suddenly turned into a chatterbox. Nedra Rhone, ajc, 27 Aug. 2021 And while instructions like these may be normal for a chatterbox like Stalock, not every goalie is as loquacious. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, 7 Aug. 2020 There is Nicholas’s mother, a free-associating chatterbox whose every utterance confounds the rational mind. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2020 Mindy Kaling made her television debut 15 years ago on as Kelly Kapoor, the chatterbox customer-service representative with a cluttered desk in Dunder Mifflin’s annex. Laurel Benedum, ELLE Decor, 27 Apr. 2020 The pair — McShane the chatterbox, Livingston the bashful one — sensed that even a town lost in the desert, where a soul could wander free to the horizon, might fret over a virus so mercurial and deadly. Melissa Etehadstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2020 Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to an Irish mother and an Ethiopian father, Negga grew up in Limerick, a chatterbox by her own admission, and infinitely curious. Robert Ito, New York Times, 17 Jan. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of chatterbox

1774, in the meaning defined above

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“Chatterbox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for chatterbox


chat·​ter·​box | \ ˈcha-tər-ˌbäks How to pronounce chatterbox (audio) \

Kids Definition of chatterbox

: a person who talks a lot

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Nglish: Translation of chatterbox for Spanish Speakers

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